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Medical Speech-Language Pathology: A Practitioner’s Guide is an informative and comprehensive guide to differential diagnosis, assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders in the medical setting, which includes consideration of adult patients from early diagnosis to end of life.

The book covers a range of disorders, providing detailed case examples, capturing real life examples to aid context, and includes study questions to encourage the reader to consolidate their learning. Interspersed with high quality images and summary tables, this book provides an excellent step-by-step guide and reference text. Furthermore, each chapter ends with an additional reading list to guide the reader to further relevant texts. This would be an ideal textbook for students or newly qualified speech and language therapists who would like to develop a better understanding of a specialist area(s) within the profession.

From the point of view of UK-based readers, this book is primarily aimed at an American readership with frequent reference to the American healthcare system and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American equivalent of our Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). This information is less useful for SLTs working outside of the US. A UK edit would be of benefit to help make this fantastic text more relevant to a UK-based audience. However, that said, it would make an excellent reference book for any department, allowing for quick and easy access to evidence-based practice in medical healthcare settings.

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Julie Trimble

Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Acute Stroke, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, UK and Elizabeth Whitehead, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Neurorehabilitation, Walkergate Park, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

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