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June 24, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(8):732-736. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430024009

Stuttering has been recognized as a speech disorder from time immemorial. Moses is said to have been a stutterer. In spite of this there are only a few basic facts known about the disorder. Stuttering is not limited to nor is it more common in certain levels of society. It afflicts the rich and the poor, the great and the near great, the statesman, the professional man, the scientist and the laborer. It occurs in about 1 to 2 per cent of the population. It is more common in boys than in girls, the proportion being approximately 4 to 1, and its tendency to persist is more common among boys. The condition always begins in early childhood and oddly enough occurs during those years when the child's articulation as a whole tends to improve and become more distinct.

Stuttering may be defined as the disturbance in the rhythm of speech