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August 1948

The Rehabilitation of Speech: A Textbook of Diagnostic and Corrective Procedures Based on a Critical Study of Speech Disorders.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(2):260. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040269017

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This is indeed a masterpiece in the field of speech rehabilitation. The authors point out repeatedly the necessity of consulting early and frequently with many specialists if one is to succeed in bringing back normal speech to the handicapped patient.

Careful histories are explored, both for diagnosis and therapy. Prognosis is kept in abeyance, for the sake of parents and patient alike. It is pointed out that many with seemingly hopeless loss of speech improve remarkably under persistent and diligent treatment. Patience is indeed a virtue in the man who aims at being a speech clinician. He must learn to be tactful, gentle but firm, humorous but not fatuous, critical and yet not censorious. Interpretation of physical and mental defects is all important if one is to succeed in this difficult art.

All work should be done in pleasant surroundings, on an individual basis, especially in the case of adults,

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