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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Soren Y. Lowell, PhD (National Institutes of Health)
Description: This is an instructional book that provides information on voice anatomy and physiology, the evaluation of voice, and vocal pedagogy. This second edition updates the original, which was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose of the second edition is to make information on voice science and vocal pedagogy accessible to students with an interest in speech-language pathology as well as professional voice care. This edition provides information that is appropriate for students and teachers across several different disciplines who are part of the voice care team.
Audience: The target audience is multidisciplinary, and includes students, speech-language pathologists, singing and acting voice specialists, otolaryngologists, and other members of the voice care team. As an expert otolaryngologist with a longstanding specialty focus in care of the professional voice, Dr. Sataloff is ideally suited to compile and edit a comprehensive resource to guide students and instructors on the art of professional voice care.
Features: The book presents a comprehensive discussion of the anatomy and physiology of voice, an overview of the basic physics of sound and the dynamics of laryngeal function, and an integrative approach to voice evaluation with an emphasis on the unique aspects of caring for the professional voice. Figures and photos are particularly helpful in depicting laryngeal anatomy and function. Appendixes of example patient history forms that are specifically geared towards singers and professional voice users are excellent instructional and clinical resources.
Assessment: In addition to providing a thorough overview of voice anatomy and vocal function, this book specifically emphasizes care of the professional voice. Other frequently used textbooks in the field of speech-language pathology (Boone and McFarlane, The Voice and Voice Therapy, 6th edition (Allyn and Bacon, 2000); Case, Clinical Management of Voice Disorders, 4th edition (Pro-Ed, 2002); Colton and Casper, Understanding Voice Problems: A Physiological Perspective for Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd edition (Williams & Wilkins, 1996)) provide comprehensive information on voice science as well as the evaluation and management of neurological, organic, and functional voice disorders, but typically include only limited information on vocal pedagogy. This book presents unique perspectives on and resources for caring for the singing and acting voice, serving as an excellent complement to other voice science texts. Specific considerations for evaluating the singing and acting voice, such as performance conditions, exposure to environmental irritants, warm-up and cool-down regimens, and schedule and travel demands are highlighted in the discussion of voice evaluation. The multidisciplinary nature of the voice team and the critical contributions of each discipline are emphasized in caring for the professional voice.