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The method of treatment is on the principle which Dr. Mulhall of St. Louis described ten years or more ago. I remember seeing in his clinic a case of hysterical aphonia, treated by inserting a wet sponge electrode into the pharynx which frightened the patient so that he made an exclamation. The patient was then com¬ manded to speak on penalty of a repetition of the operation. This same patient would lose his voice occasionally, relapsing into the former condition, but the physician had nodoi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490480018001f fatcat:jxzg6tfmcra75dqbbyu5kpb4yu