Reference numberAP/39/6/1
TitleUnpublished manuscript, 'On the function of the thyroid body' by Peter Martyn
CreatorMartyn; Peter
DateFebruary 1856
DescriptionAfter referring to the form, situation, connections and internal structure of the thyroid body, its large supply of blood and its capability of sudden alterations of bulk, Martyn briefly refers to the unsatisfactory explanations which have been offered as to its function, and then proceeds to state his own views, as follows: 'The upper part of the trachea, the larynx, and the passage of the fauces and mouth constitute the organ of voice; the two former are the essential or voicing part as mechanicians call it, that which produces the tone. The larynx and trachea—taking a share in other functions and being associated by juxtaposition and attachment with contiguous organs—are always pervious and open for respiration; lengthen and shorten, fall and rise with the œsophagus in deglutition, and bend and turn with the universal motions of the head and neck'.

Includes three pages of anatomical drawings. Annotations in pencil throughout.

Subject: Physiology

Received 13 November 1856. Communicated by Professor [Arthur] Henfrey.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 8 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the function of the thyroid body'.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1856.0080
Fellows associated with this archive
NA3844Henfrey; Arthur (1819 - 1859)1819 - 1859
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