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    The laryngoscope and 19th century British understanding of laryngeal movements

    Lorch, Marjorie and Whurr, R. (2019) The laryngoscope and 19th century British understanding of laryngeal movements. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 28 (2), pp. 262-276. ISSN 0964-704X.

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    The source of the human voice is obscured from view. The development of the laryngoscope in the late 1850s provided the potential to see the action of the vocal folds during speaking for the first time. This new instrument materially contributed to the understanding of vocal fold neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology. The laryngoscope led to the elucidation of disorders that previously were determined by changes in sound. The objective of this paper is to detail the consequences of this novel visualization of the larynx, and to trace how it led to an appreciation of how the voice was produced by movements of the vocal folds. This is demonstrated through an examination of the activities and practices of a group of London clinicians in the second half of the 19th century.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): 19th century, Laryngoscope, Larynx, Voice, Phonation, Vocal Folds, Vocal Cords, Laryngeal Paralysis, Aphonia, Johann Czermak, Morell Mackenzie, Felix Semon, Medical technology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 08:06
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:46


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