A Historical Perspective of Voice Management: 1940-1970 Purpose: To provide the current speech-language pathologist with a historical perspective of voice management of children and adults in the time period 1940-1970, employing both literature citation and personal anecdotal experience. Method: Each decade of the time period 1940-1970 has been reviewed specific to available literature, descriptions of existing clinical ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2010
A Historical Perspective of Voice Management: 1940-1970
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Daniel R. Boone
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2010
A Historical Perspective of Voice Management: 1940-1970
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2010, Vol. 20, 47-55. doi:10.1044/vvd20.2.47
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2010, Vol. 20, 47-55. doi:10.1044/vvd20.2.47

Purpose: To provide the current speech-language pathologist with a historical perspective of voice management of children and adults in the time period 1940-1970, employing both literature citation and personal anecdotal experience.

Method: Each decade of the time period 1940-1970 has been reviewed specific to available literature, descriptions of existing clinical voice services available, and the personal academic and clinical training of the author and his subsequent professional experiences. Equipment availability for use in measurement and treatment of respiratory and resonance problems was well established in the 1940s and early 1950s. Equipment for measuring voice pitch and voice quality arrived much later. For much of this time period, the treatment of vocal hyperfunction was primarily provided by psychologists and psychiatrists.

Results: As we review the practice of clinical voice 40-60 years ago, we appreciate this past influence on what we do today in voice management.

Conclusions: Without the benefit of computer assist and related instrumentation that we have today, voice management in past time periods appears to have been remarkably successful.

Become a SIG Affiliate
Pay Per View
Entire SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders content & archive
24-hour access
This Issue
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access
We've Changed Our Publication Model...
The 19 individual SIG Perspectives publications have been relaunched as the new, all-in-one Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.