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Clinical Anatomy & Physiology of the Swallow Mechanism, 2nd Edition

  • Kim Corbin-Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Julie M. Liss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • ISBN-10: 1435493001
  • ISBN-13: 9781435493001
  • 336 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

This complete, concise guide enables graduate students in speech-language pathology to apply their knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of voice and speech production to the study of normal deglutition and dysphagia. The text examines the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal components of the swallow mechanism, identifying both normal structure and morphology and structural and physiologic abnormalities. The Second Edition has been carefully updated to reflect current evidence and evolving theoretical frameworks for a wide range of diagnostic and treatment approaches, as well as the analytical process needed to effectively evaluate current and future research results. The text also features new material on neurological control, motor control, and learning, in addition to information on new technology and treatment techniques, such as electrical stimulation, free water protocols, Shaker exercises, and use of the National Dysphagia Diet. New and revised images clearly and consistently illustrate critical concepts of anatomy and physiology., The authors' conversational writing style makes even complex material more engaging and easier to master and apply. This comprehensive, yet highly approachable text equips students to apply a systematic line of inquiry and evidence-based practice to diagnose and manage dysphagia accurately and efficiently.


  • A glossary of essential medical terminology is included to help students build the core vocabulary they will need for professional success in a healthcare setting.

  • A concise summary concludes the book, providing a useful review of key topics to help students fully understand and internalize the extensive information presented within the text.

  • The text opens with several chapters that present information on anatomic structures as students would encounter them in a diagnostic evaluation—beginning with the oral cavity, proceeding to the pharynx, and concluding with the esophagus.

  • The authors employ an engaging, conversational writing style that helps students approach and understand even complex chapter material, especially in conjunction with the extensive photographs, diagrams, and illustrations included in the text.

About the Author

Kim Corbin-Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kim Corbin-Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor at Utah State University, where she serves as head of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She earned her Ph.D. communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she completed a minor in anatomy. Dr. Corbin-Lewis teaches in the areas of dysphagia, motor speech disorders, voice, speech science, and anatomy and physiology, and she has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 28 years.

Julie M. Liss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Julie M. Liss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a professor at Arizona State University in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Liss teaches in the areas of dysphagia, motor speech disorders, neuroscience, and anatomy and physiology.

Table of Contents

1. Examination of the Oral Swallow Component.
2. Examination of the Pharyngeal Swallow Component.
3. Examination of the Esophageal Swallow Component.
4. Neural Control Mechanisms of the Normal Swallow.
5. Direct and Indirect Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Imaging.
6. Physiological Bases of Neurogenic Dysphagia.
7. Physiological Bases of Structural Dysphagia.
8. Physiologic Bases of Compensatory Treatment Strategies.
9. Physiologic Bases of Rehabilitative Treatment Strategies.
10. Future Direction.

New to this edition

  • Compelling, clarifying visuals compliment chapter material throughout; examples include expanded dissection photos, line drawings with consistent stylization, and enhanced representation of structures and their interrelationships in the head, neck, and thoracic cavity.
  • New information on current technology (such as multiple channel Ph-probes) and treatment techniques, including electrical stimulation, free water protocols, Shaker exercises, and use of the National Dysphagia Diet.
  • Expanded chapter on the neurological control of the swallow features up-to-date references and new information on neural regulation of swallow, cough, and other physiological events controlled at the brainstem and influenced by cortical control.
  • New chapter on motor learning theory provides a detailed introduction to the theory and explores the early evidence-base on motor learning in rehabilitation of semi-automatic events, such as swallow.
  • New chapter on approaches for evaluating the evidence-base of diagnostic and treatment methods, describing the analytical process students can apply to effectively assess current and future primary research results and to identify the underlying physiological basis.
  • Chapters have been reorganized grouping treatment methods and underlying physiological mechanisms into compensatory and rehabilitative approaches with current evidence-base, creating a more reader-friendly organization that better reflects the state of the profession today.