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From The CriticsReviewer: Doreen M. Blischak, PhD (University of Florida)
Description: This text is is a presentation of detailed descriptions and photos of syndromes that impact communication development.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide brief descriptions of possible speech, voice, language, resonance, and hearing characteristics of rare syndromes likely to be seen by speech-language pathologists. Because, as the author notes, speech-language pathologists have expertise in identifying characteristics that may contribute to the diagnosis of a particular syndrome, they need a source of information describing these characteristics. To that end, this text meets his objective.
Audience: The book is written for practicing speech-language pathologists. However, it may be useful for students and educators who have knowledge of or access to medical terminology. The author appears to have the experience and expertise required for compiling such a text.
Features: This compact book is organized alphabetically with easily visible page tabs. Each syndrome description features a photograph and subheadings (e.g., major system/s affected, etiology, etc.) that are nicely consistent across entries. Alternate syndrome names are provided and are listed in the index for easy cross-referencing. Because medical terms used to describe each syndrome may be unfamiliar to some speech-language pathologists, a small glossary of the more obscure medical terms would have been an appropriate addition, without adding an excess number of pages. The one obvious shortcoming is the lack of references to published work in medical, psychology, and speech-language pathology literature. Without taking additional space, the author could have included two or three current references to guide the reader to additional sources and add credibility to the text.
Assessment: This is a useful, if limited, quick reference for assisting speech-language pathologists (along with other team members) in differential diagnosis of rare syndromes. However, its use should be supplemented with information from other published sources.