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From The CriticsReviewer: Jennifer Elaine Speer, M.A. (George Washington University)
Description: This book is designed to educate students on the basic anatomy and physiology involved in speech, hearing, and swallowing. It also includes interactive study software. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide education on the anatomical structures of the speech and hearing systems, as well as their function and relationships to one another. This information is crucial for higher level learning in speech and hearing sciences and the authors are successful in meeting their objectives.
Audience: This book is written for upper division undergraduate students and/or graduate students in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, according to the authors. It appears from their biographies that the authors are credible authorities.
Features: This is a general overview of anatomical terminology, and anatomy and physiology of respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance, mastication and deglutition, and hearing. It also briefly discusses neuroanatomy and neurophysiology important for speech and hearing. The pictures and diagrams help make the complex material easier to comprehend. Most of this information is new to students, and the pictures/diagrams help them to visualize the structures and functions being discussed. The supplemental CD is also an excellent way to facilitate multimodal learning. Students who have difficulty fully comprehending the text find the animations and questions on the CD extremely helpful. Though the pictures and diagrams of the book are helpful, the lack of color is a shortcoming. Adding color to at least some of the pictures would help the students relate the information to real life anatomy. Also, the book is at times confusing due to poor organization. There are times when information that has not yet been introduced is in an explanation for a separate structure. For students who have never been introduced to this information before, this can be confusing. But, overall, the information is related in a way that is understandable to someone who is being exposed to it for the first time.
Assessment: This is a useful publication for a speech and hearing sciences curriculum. It provides an excellent foundation for further learning in the field. Students who are new to the information in this book will find that it is related in a concise manner with language that is moderately easy to follow. The supplemental CD helps to facilitate complete understanding of the material via interactive technology. The authors have also acknowledged the importance of swallowing physiology by dedicating an entire chapter to it. Given the importance of swallowing disorders in the field of speech-language pathology, this addition justifies replacing the prior edition.