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April 14, 1975

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Hoarseness

Author Affiliations

Naval Regional Medical Center San Diego, Calif


by Douglas P. Bryce, 85 pp, 61 illus, $7.75, Springfield, Ill, Thomas, 1974.

JAMA. 1975;232(2):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020059034

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This book provides a concise listing of the various causes of hoarseness, their diagnosis and treatment. It would be a valuable addition to the library of any physician or speech pathologist who encounters hoarseness.

Dr. Bryce discusses hoarseness from early childhood onward. In all age groups, upper respiratory tract infections are the most common cause and this type is usually a temporary disorder. Cancer is the most serious cause of hoarseness, but one in which early detection and treatment will result in high cure rates. Dr. Bryce quite rightly deals with this subject at length. He also places in perspective the relationship between physicians and speech pathologists and indicates how their joint efforts are frequently required to achieve success in correcting hoarseness resulting from voice abuse.

This book is not, nor is it intended to be, a lengthy treatise on laryngology. It is a brief, clear, and eminently readable book