12 Dec Discovery of the laryngoscope
The laryngoscope is a medical instrument equipped with a light that is used to look inside the larynx and examine the vocal cords, glottis and the space between the vocal cords. For example, the doctor can determine the cause of voice problems, a sore throat or difficulty in swallowing. No-one knows exactly who discovered the laryngoscope but Spaniard Manuel Garcia is credited with being the first to view his own larynx in 1854 when he used a dental mirror to reflect the sunlight and illuminate his throat. He subsequently published his observations and was awarded an honorary medical degree by the University of Konigsberg in 1862. Garcia was not in fact a physician but a singing teacher who was interested in knowing how his vocal cords functioned.