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June 1976

The Human Larynx: A Functional Study

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(6):383. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780110095015

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The author, an anesthesiologist, does a masterful, in-depth review of the anatomy and physiology of the larynx and yet keeps his work concise enough to be of attractive proportions for the busy practitioner as well as the student of laryngology who wishes to acquaint himself with the basic anatomical and physiological aspects of this most critical structure. He introduces his book with a fascinating and well researched chapter on the historical aspects of laryngology and then continues with an engaging and analytic review of the phylogenetic evolution of the larynx, with interesting speculations regarding the ultimate development of the primate and human larynges. Coverage of the anatomy and physiology of the larynx is well done, with good correlations between the two areas. Laryngeal function is described under the main categories of respiration, effort-closure, swallow-closure, and phonation. The text is well illustrated with anatomical drawings, cineradiographs, electromyogram tracings, and graphs and

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