The ability to communicate is amazing. No other human ability is so complicated, so sophisticated, so important to civilization-and yet so taken for granted. How tragic would life be without the marvelous ability to communicate? In Simply Amazing: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dr. Dennis C. Tanner explores the stages of the communication chain and examines the act of speech communication from the speaker's thoughts to the listener's understanding of them. Relying on more than forty years of experience studying, teaching, researching, and providing clinical services in the communication sciences discipline, Tanner provides a frank and informative discussion about the subject, including both conventional and offbeat theories of human communication, unique and sometimes bizarre disorders, and intriguing patients. Through anecdotes, examples, illustrations, case studies, and personal asides of the amazing human ability to communicate-as well as the myriad disorders, defects, delays, and disabilities that can lay waste to it- Simply Amazing: Communication Sciences and Disorders provides keen insight into the world of communication.