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August 1972

Speech Pathology: An Applied Behavioral Science

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):192. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090266030

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Professor Perkins has made a unique contribution to the text literature in speech pathology with this volume. Intended for beginning students, the book sets out to present speech pathology from the viewpoints of "its core body of knowledge about speech behavior and its disorders; its interface with tangential fields of study in the biologic, psychologic, and physical sciences; its tools and functions as a clinical profession; and its relations with other health professions." This is an almost impossible encyclopedic task. But, by and large, Perkins has succeeded.

To achieve these ends, the book is divided into two major, and more or less independent, sections. In the first, Foundations of Speech Pathology, Perkins summarizes basic information from psychology, linguistics, and acoustics—information of great importance to the basic science of speech communication. More information concerning the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of speech might have been useful here; in addition, relatively little emphasis

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