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April 1971

Human Vocal Anatomy

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(4):446. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060638021

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In their preface, the authors state that "the purpose of this outline is to provide the student with a concise guide to anatomical study of those parts of the human body directly related to speech production." This they have done. But the undergraduate student in speech pathology will find little difference between this guide and the many less expensive concise anatomies of the head and neck sold by his local medical bookstore. The book is arranged in outline form and resembles a series of lecture notes in a course on "voice science." The undergraduate speech student would be better served if he spent his money on Zemlin's Speech and Hearing Science. The present text does not guide the student through an understanding of "speech" anatomy, it merely tells him what he must memorize.

Several erroneous statements in the text, such as "the superior laryngeal nerve from cranial XI," detract even

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