If You Think Genotype Refers to a Word Processing Program You Use While Wearing Denims, Please Read On Having been in the field of speech pathology for nearly 30 years, I have had the opportunity to observe a substantial amount of change with respect to the quality of our science, our degree of professional involvement in the health care community, the active role ASHA has played in advocating ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1997
If You Think Genotype Refers to a Word Processing Program You Use While Wearing Denims, Please Read On
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  • Robert J. Shprintzen
    Communication Disorder Unit, Center for the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Study of Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Center for Genetic Communication Disorders, Divisions of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Science, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, NY
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Article   |   December 01, 1997
If You Think Genotype Refers to a Word Processing Program You Use While Wearing Denims, Please Read On
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ssod7.1.14
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ssod7.1.14
Having been in the field of speech pathology for nearly 30 years, I have had the opportunity to observe a substantial amount of change with respect to the quality of our science, our degree of professional involvement in the health care community, the active role ASHA has played in advocating for our expanding profession, and the continued interest in the biological bases of communicative impairments.
At the same time, I have been fortunate to be working within the confines of major academic medical centers in positions of some authority, which has given me access to the highest level of research within the worlds of medicine, dentistry, and biological science. It is at the level of the most significant growth in the two areas of medical science and communicative science that I have noted a marked divergence, one which will not bode well for speech-language pathology and audiology if not corrected in short order. This area of divergence is the role played by human genes.
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