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January 1958

Voice and Breathing: A Report on Some New Concepts

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(1):1-7. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010005001

Editorial Note  In accepting Dr. Esti D. Freud's paper, "Voice and Breathing: A Report on Some New Concepts," we realized that some of its contents were very controversial. However, we hoped that the paper might stimulate research on a phase of otolaryngology in which there is much to be proved.Dr. Freud reports on the research of Professor Piquet, Dr. G. Decroix, Dr. R. Husson and Dr. A. Moulonguet, who present an entirely new theory of vocalization. In this, the myoelastic theory, vocalization is held to be the product of central cerebral action on the recurrent laryngeal nerves, which thus produces the vibrations of the vocal chords. This new theory is strongly opposed to that to which most otolaryngologists have long subscribed.According to long-accepted theory, during phonation the thyroarytenoid muscle, which is in a state of chronic contraction, is made to vibrate by the expiration of air from the

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