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This book represents an extensive compilation of 54 articles concerning basic and clinical research and rehabilitation of alaryngeal speech development. In an attempt to represent a wide variety of topics and disciplines, several outstanding articles are presented. Among them, articles by Diedrich, Snidecor, Berlin, Barney, and Simpson proved interesting.
The editor has divided the book into five parts. Part 1 includes two historical papers involving early laryngectomy and rehabilitation. Part 2 presents papers on buccal and pharyngeal speech, contributing to what the editor describes as "intrinsic forms of alaryngeal voice and speech." Continuing with intrinsic forms of alaryngeal speech, part 3 offers an extensive review of the literature involving esophageal speech. Parts 4 and 5 review what the editor refers to as "extrinsic forms of alaryngeal voice and speech," including artificial larynges and surgical-prosthetic methods, respectively. One noted omission from part 5 is the puncture technique with a duckbill prosthesis