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April 1930

IS STUTTERING A MEDICAL PROBLEM?

Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(4):430-437. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560040046005
Abstract

At present, the treatment of persons who stutter is for the most part in the hands of laymen, either honest but unversed pedagogues or downright charlatans—the "stammering schools." In some of the larger cities, the board of education has a speech improvement department. At the head of this department is a layman, who not infrequently holds the position by virtue of political influence, and the actual treatment is carried on by the regular school teachers, who may or may not have had any special instruction in disorders of speech. If they have been fortunate enough to have taken a post-graduate course, this has been in the department of elocution or public speaking of some college. Nowhere has it been demonstrated to them that they are dealing with a pathologic entity, a neurosis. Consequently, they regard stuttering as a phonetic disturbance, which it is not. So much for the sincere but

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