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From The CriticsReviewer: Julie Liss, PhD (Arizona State University)
Description: This comprehensive book on the fundamentals of preclinical speech science details speech production, speech acoustics, speech perception, and swallowing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a user-friendly, integrated, and translational book that will be of value to beginning students, graduate students, and practicing speech-language pathologists. The book covers critical, yet largely ignored, topics such as speech perception and points out at each turn the clinical relevance of the information. The field has been in desperate need of such a book, and the authors have succeeded providing one.
Audience: Because the chapters contain appropriate detail along with frequent summaries and examples, readers at various levels of experience can appreciate the material based on their background knowledge. This rare accomplishment is due not only to exceptionally clear writing and figures, but because the authors are foremost experts and renowned instructors.
Features: The book covers anatomy and physiology of the speech and swallowing mechanism, and has excellent chapters on speech acoustics and speech perception. The chapters are uniform in their coverage of a historical perspective as well as state-of-the-art knowledge and research. In this way, the chapters read as stories, drawing readers along, facilitated by excellent figures and entertaining sidebars.
Assessment: I am very excited to use this book in my own teaching. I have for years relied on Zemlin's phenomenal Speech and Hearing Science: Anatomy and Physiology, 4th edition (Prentice Hall, 2000), for its detail and accuracy. Now this book provides a resource that is at once detailed, comprehensive, exceptionally written, and engaging.