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May 2, 1908

The Cure of Stammering.

JAMA. 1908;L(18):1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530440051017

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Abstract

New York, April 23, 1908.

To the Editor:  —A letter in The Journal, April 18, 1908, concerning my "melody cure" contains several statements about stammering that should be corrected.That stammering "is congenital" is incorrect. Among the many hundred patients who pass through my speech clinic many of them began to stammer by imitation, many acquired it after whooping cough (which may disturb the habit of respiration), many had it after scarlet fever, etc. A number "stammered or stuttered as soon as they began to talk;" even in these the cause was not congenital brain lesions, as the patients were often readily cured in a few treatments."That those persons who have been apparently cured are not really cured" is an opinion that is widespread among the profession and the laity. It has been true in many cases because the "cure" was attempted by persons who were not physicians who

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