About the Book
The present book is based on a life study of the voice, and has grown out of the conviction that all teaching and learning in voice-culture, whether for the purposes of singing or speaking, should as far as possible rest on a scientific foundation. The author has endeavored to combine practice and principles in this book. His purpose has not been to write an exhaustive work on vocal physiology, with references at every step to the views of various authors; rather has he tried always to keep in mind the real needs of the practical voice-user, and to give him a sure foundation for the principles that must underlie sound practice. In fourth edition, the author has added a chapter in which the whole subject is treated in a broad and comprehensive way in the light of the latest scientific knowledge. In spite of imperfections, we believe this work is culturally important, and we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions.
About the Author
Wesley Mills was Emeritus Professor of Physiology in McGill University and Lecturer on Vocal Physiology and Hygiene in the McGill University Conservatorium of Music, Montreal, Canada. He was a versatile and innovative biological scientist and Canada’s first professional physiologist. The important books written by Mills are the action of certain drugs and poisons on the heart of the fish, Class laboratory exercises in physiology, the dog in health and in disease, Functional development of the cerebral cortex in different groups of animals; Heredity in relation to education, How to keep a dog in the city, the nature & development of animal intelligence, Outlines of lectures on physiology, Psychic development of young animals, and its physical correlation, A text-book of animal physiology, and A text-book of comparative physiology for students and practitioners of comparative.