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August 1968

Speech Pathology Diagnosis: Theory and Practice.

Arch Neurol. 1968;19(2):238. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00480020124018

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It is often stated that the real business of scientific conventions is transacted off-stage, in the private discussions of those attending; and that the publicly presented papers, and the subsequently published "Proceedings," are of secondary significance. One can only hope that this was true of the National Conference of Speech Therapists held at Glasgow in 1966, the report of which has now been published.

Some of the deficiencies of such reports are implicit in the wide range of disparate subjects that they bring together: in the present volume there are papers on stammering, deafness, retardation and minimal brain damage. Many of the contributions are of individual cases or groups of cases, presented on the basis of differing views of etiology: so that the reader's mind is switched dizzyingly from psychogenesis to organicity, from aphasia to dysarthria, from research to therapy. Occasionally we are given only an abstract, such as Professor

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