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July 1981

The Voice and Its Disorders

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(7):458-459. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790430060018

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The fourth edition of The Voice and Its Disorders is not merely a publisher's follow-up to its first issue some 29 years ago. It is a statement by Margaret C. L. Greene, a British voice and voice disorders expert, on the course taken in the past by the field of speech pathology, along with a look at current improvements and advances in the basic sciences and medical technology of this field.

Greene's devotion to and fascination with voice is obvious, and she hews firmly to the traditional patientclinician relationship, neatly avoiding a clinical-technologic misalliance. Apparently, to Greene, the encroachment of various instrumentations into the practice of speech pathology seems ominous; however, she merely cautions that treatment decisions must ultimately be made by man. In reporting her extensive experience with long-standing clinical practice, she writes simply and clearly, and is, at times, anecdotal, making her 484-page, two-part, 18-chapter book an enjoyable

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