February 1981

Diagnostic Handbook of Speech Pathology

Author Affiliations

Syracuse, NY


by Barbara Hutchinson, Marvin L. Hanson, and Merlin J. Mecham, 387 pp, with illus, $18.95, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1979.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(2):132. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790380062021

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The authors' stated motivation for undertaking a task of this magnitude was to fill a void, eg, the need for a textbook suitable for a graduate-level course in diagnostics in speech pathology. Unfortunately, they have only partially succeeded.

The book starts well with a thorough and much-needed discussion of interviewing skills, so critical to the diagnostic process, yet so often overlooked in the training of speech-language pathologists. I was also pleased to see inclusion of a thorough review of tests from allied areas with which the speech-language pathologist should have familiarity, as well as a good chapter on auditory comprehension.

After the thoroughness of the first four chapters, the weakness of the chapter dealing with oral peripheral examination is especially disappointing in view of its importance and the limited experience students generally receive in this area in their academic programs. The chapter on articulation disorders is weak and outdated, with

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