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Glottoplasty : Interview Prof.Dr.Juergen Wendler made by.Dr. Alexander Maika in the
Phoniatrics and Paidoaiduiology Department (Director Prof.Dr. Dirk Muerbe) at the Hospital Charite in Berlin,Germany.
Permission of the Author and of Prof.Muerbe and Dr. Maika.

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History of the Discipline  

Jürgen Wendler

Phoniatrics is, as to the current definition of the Union of the European Phoniatricians (UEP) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), the medical field for communication disorders, concerned with functions and diseases of voice, speech, language, hearing (especially in so far as hearing impairment has its effects on any of the areas previously mentioned), and swallowing. In practice, phoniatrics is a multidisciplinary specialty combining information from medical and non-medical sciences. In addition to general medical investigations and treatment procedures, phoniatrics encloses complex competencies in the fields of cognition, learning abilities, psychological behavior, and rehabilitation procedures. The most important medical fields for the clinical practice are otorhinolaryngology (ENT), neurology, neuropediatrics, (child) psychiatry, pediatrics, radiology, genetics, endocrinology, dentistry, gerontology, and musicians’ medicine. On the other hand, the fundamentals of many non-medical disciplines as, for instance, linguistics, phonetics, (neuro-) psychology, pedagogy, acoustics, information and communication sciences are also necessary to be included in phoniatric training programs [42].

The following overview of the history of this discipline is based on these integrative interrelations. At the same time, it has to be stressed that the profile of phoniatrics as a medical specialty has always to be determined with reference to the aspects of disease and healthiness in terms of specific approaches to clinical understanding, diagnostics, and therapy of communication disorders.

1.1 History of the Discipline

1.1.1 Scientific Background Antiquity Renaissance From 17th to 19th Century From 20th Century to Present Times

1.1.2 Medical Specialization towards Voice,

Speech, Language, and Hearing

1.1.3 After the 2nd World War

1.1.4 Present and Future

In: Bartha-Doering, L. et al. (2020). Basics of Phoniatrics. In: am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen, A., Wiskirska-Woznica, B., Neumann, K., Nawka, T. (eds) Phoniatrics I. European Manual of Medicine. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (pp 4 – 13)


Conference of the History of the Union of European Phoniatricians in celebration of its 50th Anniversary presented  in Begrald,  December 2021 by Prof.Dr. Juergen Wendler, Professor Emeritus Hospital Charite Berlin,Germany.

Permission of the Author and from Prof.Ahmed Geneid President of the UEP.

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“VLS (videolaryngostroboscopy) Parameters Form”
Andrea Ricci-Maccarini, MD, ORL Unit Bufalini Hospital Cesena, Head and Neck Dept. AUSL Romagna, Italy
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At our 5th meeting in the series of “CoMeT Academic Online Sessions” Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Mürbe presented his findings on “Aerosol emission of adult and child voices during singing”. Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Mürbe is head of the Department for Audiology and Phoniatrics at the Charité hospital in Berlin, Germany.


Dr. Isabel Garcia-Lopez
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“Effects of menopause on voice: voice metrics and patient-reported outcome measures”
Filipa M.B. Lã, Faculty of Education, Department of Didactics, School Organization and Special Didactics,
National University of Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain
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“COVID-19, Singing and playing. What happened this year? Review of scientific evidences”
O.Calcinoni – Milan, Italy
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CoMeT meeting for 50th years Anniversary in Philadelphia may 29,2019 and 2nd June round table

  1. “Objective Measures Comparing Different Interpretations of Operatic Excerpts”
    Ronald C. Scherer, Ph.D and invitation for CoMeT of the author Raymond Diaz, M.M., M.S., (U.S.A.)
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, University: Bowling Green State University
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  2. “Hyperfunction, Airflow, Fundamental”
    Johan Sundberg Ph.D. (Sweden)
    Department of Speech Music Hearing, KTH Stockholm and University College of Music Education Stockholm
    Honorary member of Collegium Medicorum Theatri 2019.
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  3. “Office KTP Laser Treatment of Benign Mucosal Masses in Professional Singers and Speakers”
    Peak Woo MD, FACS Clinical Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
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  4. “Emergency Voice Medicine and Cancellation Policy at an International Musik-Festival. Holistic approach in Treatment of high professional Singers”
    Joseph Schlömicher-Thier, M.D. (Austria).
    Consultant Doctor of the Salzburg Festival. Austrian Voice Institute and International Voice Center Austria.General Secretar of CoMeT.
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  5. “Impact of stage environment in the artistic voice”
    R. Eugenia Chávez Calderón M.D.,Ph.D. (México)
    President of Collegium Medicorum Theatri. Director of Centro de Foniatría y Audiología.
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  6. “Can They Sing or Teach It? If They Can’t Hear It?”
    Halstead Lucinda M.D. (U.S.A.)
    President of Performing Arts Medicine Association.
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  7. “Prevention In Opera Theatre“
    Orietta Calcinoni – ENT, Phoniatrician – Milan (Italy)
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    Moderator Markus Hess (Germany)
    17.30-17:31 Celebration video for 50th Anniversary of CoMeT | R.Eugenia Chavez M.D. President of Collegium Medicorum Theatri (Mexico)
    17.31-17:46 “Difficult singer’s personalities and how to deal with them” | Jacob Lieberman Ph.D. (Israel) and Markus Hess M.D.(Germany)
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  2. “Short Term Effect of ‘SemiOccluded Vocal Tract Exercises’ on the Actor’s Voice”
    DeJonckere, Philippe, Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (Presenting Author)
    Di Natale, Valentina, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Manfredi, Claudia, Dept if Information Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
    Bacherini, Cosimo, Dept if Information Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
    Cantarella, Giovanna, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
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  1. “The shouting voice ability and the importance as a ‘fitness’ parameter for all voice users”
    Josef Schlömicher – Thier 1, Hannes Tropper 1, Ingolf Franke2
    1 Austrian Voice Institute and International Voice Center Austria
    2 WEVOSYS medical technology GmbH, Baunach, Germany
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    V. Di Natale1, G. Cantarella2, C. Manfredi3, A. Ciabatta2, C. Bacherini3, P. H. DeJonckere4
    1 Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
    2 Department of Otolaryngology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy
    3 Department of Information Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy4 Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, Brussels, Belgium
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  3. “The actors voice: Laughing, Crying and Shouting in the MRI”
    Bernhard Richter, Louisa Traser, Michael Burdumy, Matthias Echternach, Claudia Spahn
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Ravenna 50th Anniversary

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One and a half Century of Phonosurgery

From an outrageous audacity to an advanced standard.
A presentation at the 5th International Congress of the World Voice Consortium, Luxor, Egypt, October 27-31, 2012.

By Juergen Wendler.


Horace Green, New York, published in 1852, according to the historical overview of Steven Zeitels in Bob Sataloff’s big textbook (with an excellent chapter on Voice Surgery by the editor himself) the first report of an excision of a polypoid mass from the laryngeal ventricle area of an 11 years old girl by direct laryngoscopy, using a bent tongue spatula under sunlight. But, the reason was airway obstruction, not the voice. …

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