The Emergence of Dysphagia Management in Germany In 1987, I helped an aphasic patient to dry his lips, as his secretions were drooling down on the sheet of paper, where he was supposed to write down his name. He coughed all the time, his voice was wet, but it never entered my mind that all this ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1999
The Emergence of Dysphagia Management in Germany
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Article   |   October 01, 1999
The Emergence of Dysphagia Management in Germany
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 7-9. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.7
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 7-9. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.7
In 1987, I helped an aphasic patient to dry his lips, as his secretions were drooling down on the sheet of paper, where he was supposed to write down his name. He coughed all the time, his voice was wet, but it never entered my mind that all this should be important to me in terms of intervention. We both preferred to ignore this side effect. I, because it disturbed my picture of him as a purely aphasic patient, and he, because it was embarrassing to him. I was a student of neurolinguistics, doing my clinical practicum in a rehabilitation hospital. Not any of my team colleagues, being speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, nurses or physicians, found these symptoms relevant. Swallowing, or even the term dysphagia, never occurred to me during my 6-week stay there, although the hospital had the usual percentage of stroke patients. Presenting all typical symptoms in the first 4-week period post-onset. The whole idea of swallowing management never crossed my mind during the following clinical residencies in two other institutions.
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