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May 1959

Pathology and Therapy of the Singing Voice

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
Associate Clinical Professor, Division of OtoLaryngology (Speech and Voice Section), Stanford University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(5):577-582. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030589009

Introduction  A discussion of the pathology and therapy of the singing voice is a most timely subject. In the last decade Husson has presented completely new theories on the physiology of phonation, theories so far not sufficiently evaluated as to their impact on what we know or thought to know about singing. New endocrinological ideas are changing our basic concepts about the variability and pathology of the singing voice. Newly gained psychological insight, also, into the singer's personality makes it evident that the laryngologist faces a changing situation which he has to master if he attempts to treat singers at all properly.It has not been easy for the laryngologist to become interested and trained in phoniatrics. In the past he has seen singers only for acute upper respiratory infections, in an emergency situation to enable the artist to sing a certain performance. Too often, not until á singer enters

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