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May 1929


Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(5):1225. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210230239021

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This book is number forty-seven of the "Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series." Its main thesis is that the oral-erotic components of stammering are so important that the term stammering should be dropped and the term "oral neurosis" be substituted. The older theories of stammering are discarded as "worthless" and "unscientific conjectures." In discussing treatment, Coriat says: "Heredity, neurotic disposition, auditory amnesia, cerebral congestion and wilful imitation have in the past been too largely incriminated as the cause of stammering. These explanations are purely superficial and have led to the minute elaboration of useless phonetic methods of treatment, which are merely a mechanistic surface plowing. The originators of these methods have not realized that it is futile to teach the stammerer how to talk, because under certain circumstances and definite situations the stammerer experiences no difficulty in speaking. In the phonetic methods of treating stammering, any benefit derived is only

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