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October 30, 1943

Stuttering: Significant Theories and Therapies

JAMA. 1943;123(9):597. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840440079031

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This is an important book. The author has achieved a number of desirable ends in his compilation of the various theories of and therapies for stuttering. He has selected almost all the authorities in the field of speech pathology, including eight from abroad, and to assure the complete accuracy of his data he has had them either write their own digests of their respective points of view or edit the digests which he prepared. It is not within the province of a reviewer to go into the merits of the different theories and therapies discussed. However, a few examples of the diverse procedures employed in treating stutterers—loud sighs; "release of the adduction action of the vocal cords; thought training exercises; "breath chewing"; psychoanalysis; building up visualization; building up a one-lead dominance; voluntary stuttering; acquiring "skill in controlling the form and duration of the stuttering reaction"; influencing the disturbed metabolic mechanism

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