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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marie E. Byrne, PhD (University of Mississippi)
Description: This book describes the underlying basis of motor speech disorders, their characteristics, differential diagnosis, and management. In addition, it addresses the diagnosis and management of other neurogenic and psychogenic communication disorders.
Purpose: According to the author, this book grew out of his desire to integrate what is known about the bases of motor speech disorders with the realities of his clinical practice in which differential diagnosis and management are the order of the day.
Audience: The book is most appropriate for both graduate students as well as for clinicians in the field of speech-language pathology, It is also relevant for professionals in related disciplines.
Features: Summaries at the end of each chapter and case history illustrations at the end of chapters describing characteristics and differential diagnosis of motor speech and related disorders are helpful and informative. The references are generally current and relevant to the topics discussed. The text is well illustrated, and the illustrations are clear and pertinent to the text.
Assessment: This book is both well written and well organized. It is an excellent resource for both graduate students as well as practicing clinicians in the field of speech-language pathology. One relative weakness is that the author's treatment of management procedures is not as comprehensive as his treatment of other topics discussed in the text. However, I would strongly recommend this book.