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Necrophonia

Necrophonia Abstract You will not find the word "necrophonia" in any medical dictionary. I coined it to designate the laryngeal sounds which may appear under certain conditions as a spontaneous postmortem phenomenon. This may also be experimentally produced by certain manipulations of the dead larynx. A suitable subtitle of this paper might be "A myth is blasted" or "A ghost is unmasked." You will shortly understand the meaning of these phrases. The idea of performing the experiments, which will be demonstrated, occurred to me about 12 years ago while preparing a paper which dealt with the history of the tuning fork tests.1 At this occasion I learned that Dr. Friedrich Hofmann, a general practitioner in Burgsteinfurt, a small place in Northern Germany, invented the perforated light reflector.2 From his biography3 I learned that he also was the author of an article which appeared in 1847 under the title "A References 1. Tschiassny, K.: Tuning Fork Tests: A Historical Review , Ann. Otol. Rhin. & Laryng. 55:423 ( (June) ) 1956. 2. Hofmann, F.: Beitrag zur Untersuchung des äusseren Gehörganges, Die gesammte Heilkunde , edited by Dr. T. L. Casper, Berlin, 1841. 3. Blumenfeld, F.: Zur Erinnerungen Friedrich Hofmann , Ztschr. Laryng. Rhin. Otol. 4:242-257, 1941. 4. Scheminzky, F.: Die Welt des Schalles, Deutsche Vereins Druckerei A. G. , Graz, Wien, Leipzig, Berlin, 1935. 5. Nadoleczny, M.: Physiologie der Stimme und Sprache , in Handbuch der Hals-, Nasen- u. Ohrenheilkunde , edited by A. Denker and O. Kahler, Berlin, Springer Verlag, Vol. I, 1925. 6. Tschiassny, K.: Therapeutically Induced Paralysis of the Cricothyroid Muscle or Its Removal in Paralytic Laryngeal Stenosis , A. M. A. Arch. Otolaryng. 65:133-142 ( (Feb.) ) 1957. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1958 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6894
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10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010659001
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Abstract

Abstract You will not find the word "necrophonia" in any medical dictionary. I coined it to designate the laryngeal sounds which may appear under certain conditions as a spontaneous postmortem phenomenon. This may also be experimentally produced by certain manipulations of the dead larynx. A suitable subtitle of this paper might be "A myth is blasted" or "A ghost is unmasked." You will shortly understand the meaning of these phrases. The idea of performing the experiments, which will be demonstrated, occurred to me about 12 years ago while preparing a paper which dealt with the history of the tuning fork tests.1 At this occasion I learned that Dr. Friedrich Hofmann, a general practitioner in Burgsteinfurt, a small place in Northern Germany, invented the perforated light reflector.2 From his biography3 I learned that he also was the author of an article which appeared in 1847 under the title "A References 1. Tschiassny, K.: Tuning Fork Tests: A Historical Review , Ann. Otol. Rhin. & Laryng. 55:423 ( (June) ) 1956. 2. Hofmann, F.: Beitrag zur Untersuchung des äusseren Gehörganges, Die gesammte Heilkunde , edited by Dr. T. L. Casper, Berlin, 1841. 3. Blumenfeld, F.: Zur Erinnerungen Friedrich Hofmann , Ztschr. Laryng. Rhin. Otol. 4:242-257, 1941. 4. Scheminzky, F.: Die Welt des Schalles, Deutsche Vereins Druckerei A. G. , Graz, Wien, Leipzig, Berlin, 1935. 5. Nadoleczny, M.: Physiologie der Stimme und Sprache , in Handbuch der Hals-, Nasen- u. Ohrenheilkunde , edited by A. Denker and O. Kahler, Berlin, Springer Verlag, Vol. I, 1925. 6. Tschiassny, K.: Therapeutically Induced Paralysis of the Cricothyroid Muscle or Its Removal in Paralytic Laryngeal Stenosis , A. M. A. Arch. Otolaryng. 65:133-142 ( (Feb.) ) 1957.

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A.M.A. Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1958

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