September 1965

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 17

Author Affiliations

Audiologist—Speech Pathologist University of Akron, Akron, Ohio


The Syndrome of Stuttering. By Gavin Andrews and Mary Harris with Roger Garside and David Kay. Price, $6.00. Pp 185. The Spastics Society Medical Education and Information Unit in association with the William Heinemann Medical Books, 62 Hornsey Lane, London N.6, England, 1965.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;110(3):341-342. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090030355031

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This well-written volume presents, in order of practical significance, a review of the literature and thinking on stuttering, a report of a pilot study of school children, and a meticulously conducted study of many possible variables related to a matched group of stutterers and controls. The latter two projects were conducted in England.

Chapters 1 and 2 contain a detailed review of the various theories concerning the onset and development of stuttering in children. None of the major viewpoints is slighted and the authors are refreshingly candid—some will say brave—in providing their own reactions to the pronouncements of the authorities.

Chapter 3, entitled "The Natural History of Stuttering," presents a brief report on a longitudinal study conducted in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 1946 to 1962 and deals with that part of the program in which stuttering was an observed or reported occurrence.

The remaining six chapters concern themselves with

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