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From The CriticsReviewer: Yaser Al Natour, MA (University of Florida)
Description: This is a well-organized survey of anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and hearing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a basis for understanding the communication process by relating it to the underlying structures and functions. This book satisfies a need in the field.
Audience: Students and practitioners of speech pathology and audiology, especially those interested in medical speech language pathology, are the intended audience.
Features: The authors did a very good job providing a basis for understanding communication processes through relating them to the specific structures and functions of concern. In terms of content, the book has been simplified to meet the needs of students. I have used this book in teaching an anatomy and physiology class for speech and audiology majors. Students expressed their appreciation of the details provided and the software included. For me, as an instructor, the process of preparing graphs for quizzes and exams was simplified because I had this book available. Margin notes were also helpful.
Assessment: Comparing the current edition to the one I used previously (the expanded edition published in 1997), I find that interesting additions have taken place. Examples are Appendix H and the updated, user-friendlier software. One major area of improvement would be the software. Still, students express the need for clearer images. The black-and-white images were not inviting nor stimulating (e.g., Figure 7-33, p. 317), and then when put on a Power Point slide, the images become even more confusing. Improving the software can be done by using color images and, if possible, three-dimensional images. This would be a great addition to an already pleasant experience. Another area of improvement would be related to reorganizing the chapters so that each would have its own section of related terminology.