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June 1968

A History of the Treatment of Speech Disorders.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(6):719-720. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470360141022

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This book falls into two uneven parts. In the first of these Mrs. Eldridge surveys several thousand years of thought on the subject of speech disorders. Unfortunately, this section of the book exemplifies some of the all too frequent shortcomings of "capsule" medical history. There is insufficient correlation with the more general trends of culture, science, and philosophy; there is an atmosphere of the facts' having been collected at secondhand from reference books, an atmosphere that shows itself in minor but pointless inaccuracies, eg, in the section on classical Greece the colonization of Libya is misdated by two centuries and the Hippocratic school is misspelled as "Asclediades."

Finally, neurologists will be disappointed by the emphasis on the problems of stammering and deaf-mutism to the detriment of aphasia. Too much has been attempted in too short a compass.

The other half of the book is far more satisfying. In this portion,

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