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August 1972

On the Phylogeny and the Ontogeny of the Human Larynx: A Morphological and Functional Study

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):192-193. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090266031

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Dr. Wind has obviously spent a great deal of time and effort in the study of the phylogeny and ontogeny of the human larynx. His book, originally a doctoral thesis, shows the development of the human larynx from a simple muscular sphincter to a complex organ involved in protective, respiratory, deglutitory, and phonatory functions. The approach used is to trace the phylogentic development and then compare and relate it to the embryonic development of the human larynx.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section is devoted to the terminology and concepts of phylogeny. It contains a brief review of the current theories of organic evolution and shows how these might be applied to both the study of the phylogeny of man in general and the larynx in particular. Dr. Wind points out the inherent difficulties in trying to study the organic evolution of a soft tissue organ

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