Establishing a Comprehensive Center for Diagnosis and Therapy of Swallowing Disorders
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.