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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Adrienne B. Hancock, PhD (George Washington University)
Description: Throughout this book, foundational neurologic information relevant to speech, language, and hearing is explained and then illustrated beautifully with clinical examples. Authors fully describe anatomy using text, figures, illustrations, and pictures, including several views to help the reader comprehend the brain as a living, yet fragile, 3-D structure constantly at work. Webb and Adler adequately update the 2001 edition by Webb and Love.
Purpose: The authors successfully present the delicate and interwoven relationship of neurology and speech-language pathology without sacrificing basic anatomy and physiology foundations. This is a valuable viewpoint and approach because it motivates students by demonstrating that they, indeed, will use this information again in their careers of helping people.
Audience: Designed for students, this book appropriately presents information without assuming prior clinical knowledge or experience. However, the chapter summaries, glossary, and index are helpful for practicing clinicians using the text as a reference or refresher.
Features: In addition to essential anatomy of cortex, subcortex, nerves, and neuronal function, several chapters discuss speech and language disorders of various common clinical populations. Particularly helpful features are the photos and two-toned color illustrations, special boxes highlighting key terms or distinguishing similar concepts or disorders, and a full synopsis of information and applications at the end of each chapter. Web sites designed for students and instructors using this book use technology to further enhance learning.
Assessment: I will use this book when I teach neuroanatomy because I am tired of seeing my adult students struggle with reading information that they don't know how to independently organize and can't attach to prior knowledge. This book makes sense to a speech and hearing student without sacrificing comprehensiveness and presents information in many forms and contexts without being redundant.