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Textbook of Voice Disorders

Textbook of Voice Disorders
Albert L. Merati & Steven Bielamowicz
San Diego : Plural Publishing, Inc., 2007
RF510 .T49 2007

The patient with a voice disorder presents many challenges in diagnosis and management. Traditionally, voice disorders were managed by an otolaryngologist with either medication or surgery or the patient was sent off to a speech-language pathologist for voice therapy. Modern voice care relies on a different model, namely, combined interactive management of the patient by the otolaryngologist and speech-language pathologist who has acquired special training in voice disorders. The emphasis of Textbook of Voice Disorders fits the modern voice care model. This book brings together educators and clinicians from both specialties who have an understanding of the multifactorial etiology of voice disorders and who continually focus on the need for a team approach in the treatment of patients with voice disorders. The first chapter of this text immediately draws the reader into the study of voice with a cogent review of the anatomy and physiology of the larynx and phonation by a physician and speech-language pathologist, each of whom has an international reputation in the study of the larynx. The book follows with elegant details of state-of-the-art diagnostic and assessment protocols presented from the perspectives of otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists in a team-like fashion.

A unique feature of this well-written text is the inclusion of study questions at the end of each chapter. This feature is especially useful to course instructors and to those who lead basic science lectures for residents and medical students.

Drs. Merati and Bielamowicz bring together a group of internatonal otolaryngologists and speech pathologists who offer their special talents as teachers and clinicians to readers who have an interest in furthering their education in laryngology and voice. The references are current, the chapters are presented in an easy, readable format and the color photography is exceptional. This well-written text provides the necessary critical information for mature clinicians to update their knowledge of laryngology and for young clinicians to use as a reference of current clinical care of voice disorders.

Taken from Foreward.