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April 1932

Speech Pathology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(4):983-984. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230160224019

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This interesting book on speech pathology deserves attention because its presentation is different from that usually found in the treatment of this subject. The author discusses the whole realm of speech pathology. He begins with the neuromuscular basis of speech. In this he reviews the usually accepted theories and states that in the present work he emphasizes "the theory that in every activity every part of the central nervous system functions under a dominant gradient. Subcortical as well as cortical mechanisms participate in every act of the organism." He then elaborates Orton's theory of cerebral dominance.

In the next chapter on the classification of speech disorders, he states that this problem may be approached in different ways: the neurologic, the pathologic, the clinical and the psychologic. He wisely emphasizes, however, that any attempt at grouping speech disorders under sharply distinct heads must be only tentative and imperfect. Nevertheless, for the

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