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January 6, 1989


Author Affiliations

Wilbraham, Mass

Wilbraham, Mass

JAMA. 1989;261(1):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420010056030

To the Editor.—  I must take exception to the conclusion stated in the article "Stuttering" in JAMA.1 As a left-hander who stuttered intermittently through childhood, grade school, high school, and college, I believe stuttering is indeed psychological. How else can one explain that stuttering only occurs in the presence of another person(s), even on the telephone; and the stutterer never stutters when alone, when singing, when talking to pet animals, and when reading to small children?