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May 1, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(18):1567. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780180091034

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This little handbook is divided into four chapters, dealing with the development of stammering in the child, curative work for young children, curative work at school age, and self cure at a later age. The author says that "stammering is a nervous trouble," and she attempts to give it an adlerian explanation, which may have some basis in fact but is entirely inadequate. The reference to fear is, on the whole, well handled, but the excellent work done by Ferenczi on the relation of tic to speech, and Coriot's studies in stammering are ignored. The last two chapters, outlining methods of treatment, appear to be good from the standpoint of breathing and vocal exercises, but again, as in the theoretical section, the author's opening sentence, "Stammering is a nervous trouble," is almost forgotten and this aspect is unfortunately handled.

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