by Michael S. Benninger, Barbara H. Jacobson, and Alex F. Johnson, 374 pp, with illus, $59, ISBN 0-86577-439-0, New York, NY, Thieme Medical Publishers Inc, 1993.
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The subspecialty of laryngology was well established in the middle part of the 19th century when the laryngeal mirror was developed. Lately, the establishment of video-stroboscopy evaluation of the larynx and pharynx has made laryngology a dynamic specialty.
I could not tell from the title what audience or readership would benefit but ultimately found that Vocal Arts Medicine would be of value and interest to practicing otolaryngologists, residents in training, voice and speech therapists, and teachers of voice. This excellent book represents a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of speech and voice disorders and is well edited by authors experienced in this field. It is highly readable with excellent graphic design. Especially noteworthy is new information on voice education and health care of young voices. I particularly liked the interesting information learned on disorders of speaking and the professional voice. The chapter on physi
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