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March 1966

Preoperative Ideas of Speech After Laryngectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Speech Therapy Clinic, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, New York State Department of Health, Buffalo, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(3):237-240. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020239011

PHYSICIANS and surgeons are becoming more and more aware of the need to treat the "whole person." This is particularly true in laryngectomy, where satisfactory results involve an essential overlapping of physiology and psychology. Ideally the rehabilitation of a laryngectomy patient should begin as soon as he is informed of the possibility that he may have to undergo laryngectomy. Of course, he ordinarily cannot be expected to understand all of the details, but certainly he ought to be aware, in general, of what is going to happen to him and how he will be able to keep the consequent limitations to a minimum. Such knowledge is especially important to the psychological well-being of the laryngectomy patient.

The present study was undertaken in an effort to find out what sorts of ideas laryngectomy candidates have concerning postoperative speech. On the basis of such ideas, it is more or less apparent what

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