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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Shelley B. Brundage, Ph.D., CCC-S, BRS-FD(George Washington University)
Description: This comprehensive encyclopedia provides information on many aspects of communication and communication disorders, organized into four broad sections: voice, speech, language, and hearing. Each section contains information on basic science, disorders (nature and assessment), and clinical management (intervention issues). Coverage of dysphagia is minimal, as might be expected.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to present "essential information on communication sciences and disorders," in particular those that "affect the production and comprehension of spoken language." As such, it is an excellent resource for obtaining basic information about many different aspects of communication science and disorders. Each entry provides a list of references the interested reader can use to obtain further information.
Audience: The editor suggests that potential readers include "clinical practitioners, students and research specialists." Indeed, the book is well written and accessible to readers with and without background knowledge in communication sciences and disorders. The editor has assembled an impressive list of contributors.
Features: The overall organization of the book is easy to follow. Some entries are cross-referenced to other related entries within the text, allowing the reader to gain a broader base of information on certain topics/disorders. The index is extensive, detailed, and helpful. Illustrations are clear and help reader understanding.
Assessment: The MITECD is in a class all its own. Related books, such as Kent's Reference Manual for Communicative Sciences and Disorders (Pro-Ed,1994) and Nicolosi, Harryman, and Kresheck's Terminology of Communication Disorders, 5th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1996), but they do not serve the same function as this encyclopedia. This publication is an excellent addition to the professional libraries of clinicians, students, and researchers.