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February 1969

A History of the Treatment of Speech Disorders.;Stammering and Stuttering, Their Nature and Treatment.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):254-256. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140126028

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For those interested in speech disorders who find historical perspective contributes to their professional understanding, if not competence, the publications by Eldridge and Hunt should provide an opportunity for some fascinating reading. Margaret Eldridge, who died before her book was published, has given an account of the study and treatment of speech, hearing, voice, and language disorders from 2000 BC to the present. A History of The Treatment of Speech Disorders is divided into four sections. Part I Trial and Error surveys the period from Pre-Renaissance to 1913. A variety of observations and pronouncements about stuttering, mispronunciation, cleft palate, deafness, and brain damage are presented from such men as Cicero, Hippocrates, Aristotle, Vasalius, Bacon, Itard,

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