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July 1951


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;66(1):117. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320070137019

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This book attempts to achieve a statement concerning stuttering that reflects substantial agreement among professional speech pathologists. Twenty-three well known speech pathologists read the manuscript and offered suggestions as to its content. A rather eclectic point of view of stuttering seems to have been successfully attained by the author. The book disposes of certain popularized, but erroneous, ideas on stuttering.

The principal focus of the book is held on the symptom of stuttering. Very little is said about causative factors or methods for removing them. The fact that stuttering is a symptom exhibited by patients with many neurological and psychiatric disorders is not mentioned. The ontogenetic point of view seems to have been well represented.

That parents usually must do much of the changing to help their children attain normal speech seems to be well agreed. However, methods for bringing about these major changes in interpersonal family and social relationships