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November 1927


Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(5):671-672. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210050003001

In the course of a study of certain cases of strephosymbolia1 in 1925, I noted that among my first series of fifteen cases there were three patients who stuttered or who had formerly done so and four others whose speech had a peculiar laboring hesitancy like that of one who has been broken of stuttering. There are a number of instances recorded in the literature of the onset of stuttering when a normally left handed child is coerced into using the right hand for writing and of recovery when the use of the left hand is permitted. One such case of my own series is striking:

A college student, aged 18, who was naturally left handed and who had been permitted to use the left hand in writing during his first two years in school, was required by the teacher in the third grade to shift to the right