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October 24, 1959


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508 16th St. Oakland, Calif.

JAMA. 1959;171(8):1143. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010260099023

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To the Editor:—  The editorial entitled "Problems of Impaired Speech and Language," in The Journal, Aug. 22, page 2102, presents an excellent summary of the present status and knowledge of organic speech disorders. However, I would like to point out that the reference to the situational disorder of stuttering presents only one viewpoint of this rather controversial subject. The statement that "Considerable research to date provides no appreciable support for the hypothesis that stuttering is characteristically associated with or symptomatic of severe emotional disturbance or neurosis in a clinically significant sense" is of extreme dubiety for the very reason that psychiatric research which might be construed as relating to this hypothesis is extremely sparse. The dismissal of this hypothesis because of the extremely superficial research which has been performed to date could only be regarded as highly illogical. However attractive this rejection may be to the average speech therapist and

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