Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, Fourth Edition

Robert Thayer Sataloff
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Details: 2224 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 8.5 x 11" 1 lbs
ISBN13: 978-1-59756-709-1
Release Date: 05/07/2017


The most comprehensive reference on voice care and science ever published!

Substantially revised and updated since the previous edition published in 2005, Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, Fourth Edition provides the latest advances in the field of voice care and science. In three volumes, it covers basic science, clinical assessment, nonsurgical treatments, and surgical management. Twenty new chapters have been added. These include an in-depth chapter on pediatric voice disorders, chapters detailing how hormonal contraception, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid disorders affect the voice, as well as chapters on the evolution of technology in the voice care field, and advances in imaging of the voice production system.

The appendices also have been updated. They include a summary of the phonetic alphabet in five languages, clinical history and examination forms, a special history form translated into 15 languages, sample reports from a clinical voice evaluation, voice therapy exercise lists, and others. The multidisciplinary glossary remains an invaluable resource.

Key Features

  • With contributions from a Who's Who of voice across multiple disciplines
  • 120 chapters covering all aspects of voice science and clinical care
  • Features case examples plus practical appendices including multi-lingual forms and sample reports and exercise lists
  • Comprehensive index
  • Multidisciplinary glossary

What's New

  • Available in print or electronic format
  • 20 new chapters
  • Extensively revised and reorganized chapters
  • Many more color photographs, illustrations, and case examples
  • Fully updated comprehensive glossary
  • Major revisions with extensive new information and illustrations, especially on voice surgery, reflux, and structural abnormalities

New Chapters
1. Formation of the Larynx: From Hox Genes to Critical Periods
2. High-Speed Digital Imaging
3. Evolution of Technology
4. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Voice Production System
5. Pediatric Voice Disorders
6. The Vocal Effects of Thyroid Disorders and Their Treatment
7. The Effects of Hormonal Contraception on the Voice
8. Cough and the Unified Airway
9. Autoimmune Disorders
10. Respiratory Behaviors and Vocal Tract Issues in Wind Instrumentalists
11. Amateur and Professional Child Singers: Pedagogy and Related Issues
12. Safety of Laryngology Procedures Commonly Performed in the Office
13. The Professional Voice Practice
14. Medical-Legal Implications of Professional Voice Care
15. The Physician as Expert Witness
16. Laryngeal Neurophysiology
17. The Academic Practice of Medicine
18. Teamwork
19. Medical Evaluation Prior to Voice Lessons
20. Why Study Music?

Intended Audiences
While written primarily for physicians and surgeons, this comprehensive work is also designed to be used by (and written in language accessible to) speech-language pathologists, singing voice specialists, acting voice specialists, voice teachers, voice/singing performers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others involved in the care and maintenance of the human voice.

It is a must-have reference for medical and academic libraries at institutions with otolaryngology, speech-language pathology, music, nursing and other programs related to the human voice.


  • Michael Z. Lerner, MD, Bronx, New York, USA, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, Vol. 127(6) 414– 415 (2018):
    "Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care (4th ed) represents Robert Sataloff's updated version of one of the most comprehensive laryngology references published to date. The fourth edition's offering of 120 chapters represents a significant leap from the first edition's 33 and even from the third edition's 100. This 3-volume text has been meaningfully expanded in a manner that reflects the evolution of laryngology and the voice sciences as a specialty over time. The text conveys the "great progress that has been made toward understanding the function, dysfunction, and treatment of the human voice" as achieved through the collaboration of physicians, voice scientists, speech-language pathologists, as well as those from the performing arts arena. In his preface, Dr. Sataloff highlights, chapter by chapter, exactly what content has been revised or supplemented and points out the intent and considerations behind the brand new chapters. Some of the topics covered by the newest chapters worth mentioning include pediatric voice disorders, high-speed digital imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, vocal effects of thyroid disease, hormonal contraception, and cough. The plethora of updated and new content is still organized into 3 volumes, Basic Science and Clinical Assessments, Non-Surgical Management, and Surgical Management and Special Considerations. Most chapters are accompanied by high-quality illustrations and photographs. The images and illustrations within the surgical chapters offer especially elegant depictions of both common and uncommon procedures. Readers can be certain that this reference text comprehensively covers all aspects of laryngology, voice science, and care for the professional voice. The meaningful updates and additions to this fourth edition of Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care secure its significance to the present and future of the specialty."