January 3, 1931

Stammering and Its Permanent Cure: A Treatise on Individualpsychological Lines.

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By Alfred Appelt, Ph.D. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $2.25. Pp. 227. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(1):65. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720270067040

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In this edition the work to a large extent has been rewritten. There is a good summary of the previous theories and practices concerning the nature and treatment of stammering (a term used in this book synonymously with stuttering). Then follows a discussion of the mechanism of speech, with a succeeding chapter on the pathology of stammering. There is then given a presentation of Alfred Adler's views on "individual-psychology," and it is about these views that the author thereafter proceeds to elaborate his conception of the etiology of stammering, its therapeutics and its prophylaxis. Appelt believes in the psychic causation of stammering. Its basis is the dread of speaking, and certain inner psychic resistances. He traces stammering to discouragement and insists that for the cure there is but one word; namely, courage. Although there are various aspects to the problem of stammering that are not touched on in this book,

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