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August 1973

The Voice and Its Disorders,

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation Rochester, Minn

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(2):143. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020149022

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Because voice manifestations of organic and psychiatric illness continue to be somewhat of a mystery to the medical practitioner and speech pathologist, the publication of an authoritative book on the subject is of unusual interest. The sound of an abnormal voice has at least two meanings for the clinician: a sign or symptom to be utilized in the diagnosis of illness and a medium of communication with reactive psychologic, social, and economic effects. Few comprehensive works on the use of voice in diagnosis exist, and yet the sound of the voice can be helpful in alerting the physician as to the presence of such diseases as benign lesions of the vocal cords, paralyses of the vocal cords, endocrine disorders, and psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and conversion reaction. Once the disease producing the voice change has been diagnosed, vocal rehabilitation becomes important if the goal is total care. An ideal

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