Medicine: New Tools

Doctors visiting the 200 exhibits in the District of Columbia Armory during last week's A.M.A. Clinical Meeting saw some promising new professional aids. Among them:

¶Bell Telephone Laboratories' transistorized, electronic larynx, for people who have had their voice boxes removed in surgery and have never mastered the difficult art of speaking with the gullet. Contoured to fit the hand and powered by tiny batteries, the artificial larynx is pressed against the flesh of the throat, transmits vibrations into the lower end of the vocal tract. These vibrations can be converted into voiced sounds of speech in a normal manner—by use of the...

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