Dr. Jones, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Motor Speech Disorders Program, Department of Surgery, Division of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Duke University. He returned to Duke to join the academic faculty following completion of his PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Jones has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for over ten years and maintains a busy outpatient clinic. His clinical and research interests are broadly in the areas of neurogenic speech and swallowing disorders. Recent awards include the 2007 New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and music.
John (Jay) Rosenbek, PhD, is a Professor and Chair, Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Public Health & Health Professions, University of Florida. He has practiced speech-language pathology for 35 years. Along the way he has earned the Honors of the Association and the Frank Kleffner Career Clinical Award for sustained clinical excellence. He maintains an active outpatient clinic. In addition, his research into treatment of swallowing and prosodic abnormalities continues. He also is mentoring a number of Ph.D. students who are part of the College's interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Science Program. In his spare time he rides his bike and plants trees.
Recognizing there is no universally accepted methodology for classification of neuromuscular diseases, the authors have addressed this dilemma in three ways: (1) outlining the levels of the neuromuscular system, extending from the central nervous system to the muscle, with chapters devoted to diseases that are representative of pathologies at each level; (2) outlining normal respiratory physiology and airway defense mechanisms, with discussion of how these are altered by various neuromuscular disease processes and how this affects risk for secondary medical complications such as pneumonia; and (3) describing the neuromuscular conditions that are associated with the various diseases with discussion of approaches to evaluation, management and treatment that address the nature of the impairment.
With over 50 years of combined clinical practice and extensive experience in working with patients diagnosed with various neuromuscular diseases, the authors offer practitioners the best available evidence to support treatment decisions.