Abductor Paralysis – Theory and Practice Since Semon

Mr Frederick Cecil Wray Capps presented his Semon Lecture in 1957. During this lecture, he revisits Felix Semon and later Adam Kelly’s work on the innervation of the larynx. He compares and contrasts their theories and then outlines some causes of paralysis of the abductor muscles of the larynx and notes their treatment.

Journal article version of the lecture

Frederick Capps was born on the 17th of May 1898 in Gibraltar. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s, where he received a number of awards including the Brackenbury scholarship in surgery and prizes in anatomy. He was elected President of the Section of Laryngology of the Royal Society of Medicine and was also Vice-President of the British Association of Otolaryngology.


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