From Where I Sit: A Need for Greater Humanism I worry that humanism, caring for the voice patient as a person, is diminishing from the practice of speech-language pathologists. I have been impressed over the years with how the phonation of our patients varies according to their comfort level, their fear of the unknown in our offices, and with ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   August 01, 1998
From Where I Sit: A Need for Greater Humanism
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  • Daniel R. Boone
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences University of Arizona
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From Where I Sit
Viewpoint   |   August 01, 1998
From Where I Sit: A Need for Greater Humanism
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, August 1998, Vol. 8, 5. doi:10.1044/vvd8.2.5
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, August 1998, Vol. 8, 5. doi:10.1044/vvd8.2.5
I worry that humanism, caring for the voice patient as a person, is diminishing from the practice of speech-language pathologists. I have been impressed over the years with how the phonation of our patients varies according to their comfort level, their fear of the unknown in our offices, and with the uncertainty of what we, the clinicians, are going to do next. Add the patient’s nutritional status, general body fatigue, change in role, amount of past talking before the appointment, and the time of day to the phonation equation and it is no wonder that there is much variability of the patient’s voice within the session and in subsequent appointments.
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