Myth and Reality Revisited A Reply to Pannbacker Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   January 01, 1993
Myth and Reality Revisited
 
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   January 01, 1993
Myth and Reality Revisited
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 54. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.54a
History: Received February 10, 1992 , Accepted March 30, 1992
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1993, Vol. 24, 54. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.54a
History: Received February 10, 1992; Accepted March 30, 1992
I could not agree more with the assertion made in “Some Common Myths About Voice Therapy” (Pannbacker, 1992) that empirical data are lacking on the efficacy of different types of treatment for voice disorders. However, I wish to disagree strongly with the author’s method justifying the “realities” underlying the myths she cites.
Despite the initial acknowledgment that many of the “myths” of voice treatment are not supported by empirical data, the author goes on to make a number of assertions that are similarly unsupported. Particularly troubling are “realities” that are supported only by out-of-context citations from textbooks or, worse, citations from textbooks supporting the “myth,” with only the author’s opinion given in support of “reality.”
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