Pearls of Wisdom—Darley, Aronson, and Brown and the Classification of the Dysarthrias I’m not certain if the pearls of wisdom I’ve been asked to address are those that derive from the work of Darley, Aronson, and Brown (DAB) on the classification of the dysarthrias, or my own reflections about their work. There can be little doubt that the contributions of DAB are ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Pearls of Wisdom—Darley, Aronson, and Brown and the Classification of the Dysarthrias
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  • Joseph R. Duffy
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Dysarthria / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2005
Pearls of Wisdom—Darley, Aronson, and Brown and the Classification of the Dysarthrias
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 22-27. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.22
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 22-27. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.22
I’m not certain if the pearls of wisdom I’ve been asked to address are those that derive from the work of Darley, Aronson, and Brown (DAB) on the classification of the dysarthrias, or my own reflections about their work. There can be little doubt that the contributions of DAB are pearls. My own reflections are more like oysters - food for thought, not gems. I’ll review here some history and the basic tenets of the DAB dysarthria classification scheme, discuss their effects on research and clinical practice, offer some thoughts about its shortcomings, and say a few things about how well their work has been accepted, misinterpreted or misapplied (see also Duffy and Kent, 2001). I’ll add a few oysters at the end.
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