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March 1977

Speech Pathology and Audiology in Medical Settings

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(3):180. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780200106015

This slender volume contains an unexpected wealth of useful information on how audiology and speech pathology services can, do, and should function in various medical settings.

In the first half of the book, specialists in the areas of pediatrics, otolaryngology, rehabilitative medicine, neurology, dentistry, and psychology try to show how they interact with audiologists and speech pathologists in their own unique settings.

Each specialist defines his field, relates something of its history, illustrates how it fits into the overall organization of medical teaching and service, and then tries to show how it interfaces with audiology and speech pathology. In an area in which the discussion could easily become heavy-handed, the treatment is almost uniformly sensitive and restrained.

The coverage, in a field of such great scope, is necessarily uneven. Comments range from profound ("the beneficial effects of collaboration are cumulative rather than additive") to trivial ("don't wear a white lab

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