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April 13, 1940

Speech Correction: Principles and Methods

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By C. Van Riper, Ph.D., Director of the Speech Clinic, Western State Teachers College. Cloth. Price, $2.50 Pp. 434, with 25 illustrations. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(15):1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150072030

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This book should prove especially helpful to the speech student or the speech correctionist just embarking on his career. It covers the field more comprehensively than almost any other recent book on the subject and does not confuse the reader with too much technical terminology, although now and again the author indulges in the common tendency of the nonmedical man to display the fact that he is fully conversant with medical knowledge and procedures.

The first few chapters are devoted to the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract and the development of speech. In chapter v the author presents a good discussion of the personality deviations of the speech defective and the necessity for treating the individual as well as his defect. In succeeding chapters he discusses the qualifications of the speech correctionist, case history taking, tests and examination methods. Chapters x to xv inclusive cover the various speech

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