Establishing a Comprehensive Center for Diagnosis and Therapy of Swallowing Disorders

  • Bronwyn Jones
  • William J. Ravich


This chapter discuses some historical facts relating to the development of the multidisciplinary Swallowing Center concept. It also offers a perspective of the Swallowing Center concept 25 years after its original inception. The developments and changes in the world of swallowing disorders e.g. the establishment of a Journal devoted to swallowing and its disorders and the formation of a Dysphagia Research Society, to name just two of the many developments, are presented and discussed. The advantages and limitations of a multidisciplinary Swallowing Center are also discussed.


Clinical Specialty Administrative Service Johns Hopkins Medical Institution Speech Language Pathology Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceThe Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineLuthervilleUSA

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