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From The CriticsReviewer: R. E. Stone, Jr., PhD (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine)
Description: This new publication discusses in seven sections the various administrative and programmatical roles of vocology in the medical setting: melding technology with clinical practice, medical history taking, designing clinical intervention from hypothecation, benefiting from interdisciplinary contributions from other specialists, assessing intervention outcomes, and developing a voice laboratory.
Purpose: For the new vocology team, the authors present ideas on history-taking, observational and instrumental assessment methods, current trends in treatment and program initiation and expansion. New clinicians will enjoy the variety of vocal function assessment and treatment efficacy evaluation forms. Administrators can find suggestions for insurance reporting and billing. It, however, leaves to other writings how to do therapy.
Audience: Whereas the authors are authorities in their own right, they have shared the knowledge of many peers in exposing the new practitioner to the many administrative facets of vocology. Clinicians and administrators of senior status may find the work less contributory.
Features: The text is replete with practical samples of voice evaluation protocols. Some of the flow charts that punctuate the book, however, have lesser value. The writing is well referenced and both the table of contents and the index adequately reveal the content. Aside from the grayish rather than black quality of print in this relatively expensive book, the overall appearance is quite acceptable.
Assessment: This text is the first to address administrative issues of vocology in medical environments and therefore is of value both to libraries and to individuals desiring an expose on the topic. Because one finds little coverage concerning treatment of specific voice disorders, the title more appropriately could be Vocology in the Medical Setting. This book should be on the required reading list for voice courses.