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June 1985

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(6):419. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800080105027

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This is a textbook intended for students and practitioners of voice and speech pathology. The stated objective of the authors is to provide a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to allow better working relationships with otolaryngologists and others who care for the speech and language impaired. The approach of the authors is to supply factual information coupled with applications to clinical situations.

The text is designed to be used by students of widely diverse backgrounds. This allows an instructor to choose portions of the text for instructional purposes without overloading detail, but also leads to inconsistency and some repetition of material. The index is thorough and easy to use, allowing readers to use the book as a reference source.

Since this text is designed as a basic text, some controversial areas of anatomy and physiology receive limited explanation. For example, the mechanism of eustachian tube opening is ascribed to

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