By H. R. Beech, PhD, and Fay Fransella, PhD. Price, $9. Pp 224, with 23 illustrations. Pergamon Press Ltd., Headington Hall, Oxford, England, 1968.
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This volume, of greatest interest to those looking for a summary of the experimentalist's approach to stuttering, is carefully written and presents a critical and concise discussion of relevant problems and studies. To the psychiatrist looking for a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic (the "notional" contributions) discussion of this phenomenon, other references should be consulted. The initial two chapters on "The Background to Stuttering" and "Definition, Diagnosis and Measurement of Stuttering" provide a good orientation to the problem. The authors make an important point regarding intellectually obstructive assumptions "made in advance of the experimental evidence. Perhaps the most obvious of these, and one which is undoubtedly easiest to make, is that stuttering is a unitary disorder and that stutterers belong to a particular class of individuals in a more fundamental sense than that they are all prone to experience difficulty in speaking." The introductory
Mindel ED. Research and Experiment in Stuttering.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):732-733. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180116014