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September 21, 1907

Schools for Cure of Stammering.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(12):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530120065020

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Philadelphia, Sept. 5, 1907.

To the Editor:  —Among the many forms of quackery now so prevalent there is probably none so seductive or so susceptible of harm, at least to the patient's pocketbook, as the average institution for the cure of stammering and other defects of speech. The following letter, sent to a patient in reply to a request for information with reference to the treatment of a defect of speech due to a cleft palate, is typical and illustrative of the methods employed:

My Dear Sir:  —Glad to give you the best of cheer, in the assurance that your case falls well within the purview of my art. One of the most successful pieces of work I ever did was with a Miss T., of Phoenixville, Pa., who had precisely the elements of difficulty that you describe.In a few days her stammering has disappeared, and then, in a

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