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April 25, 1980

Diagnostic Handbook of Speech Pathology

JAMA. 1980;243(16):1669. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300420051036

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The authors are well known in the area of speech and language pathology, and the information in the book seems valid and reliable. Although their preface states the aim of the book is to provide a "single, complete practical source for the graduate student or practicing clinician," the latter may find that texts less broad in scope are more suited to their needs. However, the organization of the book makes it easily readable. Each chapter begins with a summary of its purpose, and clear headings subdivide the material. Chapters end with examination and interview formats and useful lists of resources, as well as complete references. The appendices present a list of standardized tests and a glossary of terms.

I particularly like the authors' eminently practical suggestions, which should prove useful to beginning clinicians. For example, Dr Hutchinson specifies how to structure an examining room. Displaying sensitivity to students, she also