Reviewer: Richard J. Nelson, MD (Medical College of Ohio)
Description: This is a brief monograph summarizing human craniofacial, oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal development from birth to adulthood. It is a well-organized and concisely written review of the maturation of the vocal tract.
Purpose: The purpose is to review and summarize the literature related to the developmental anatomy of the upper aerodigestive tract. The text provides a succinct and well referenced introduction. It is a welcomed addition.
Audience: This book is designed primarily as an introductory text for graduate students in speech-language pathology. Students will find the text particularly helpful as an overview of the major themes and issues in vocal tract development and a guide to the primary literature. The primary author is well known and respected for his scholarly contributions.
Features: The text has few illustrations limited to simple anatomic line drawings. It is well referenced. Each section has a table of selected sources for anatomic development which is particularly helpful and well done. The table of contents and index are limited but adequate.
Assessment: The book is written in the form of an amplified review article. It is well written and referenced. It will provide instructors with a needed introductory text and graduate students with a helpful reference guide.