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December 1935

Speech in Childhood: Its Development and Disorders.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(6):785. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030803008

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Seth and Guthrie point out that the problems of defects of speech are by no means negligible. Available statistics show that about 3 per cent of the total school population suffer from defects of speech and that approximately one third of the children showing more or less pronounced defects of speech are stutterers, the defects in the remaining number being distributed over the various difficulties of articulation in which the sufferer is unable either to pronounce or to pronounce clearly certain sounds or combinations of sounds.

The book falls into two parts. The first part covers a consideration of the nature and development of speech and the function of speech—its physiologic, phonetic and psychologic aspects. It concerns itself with the basal knowledge of the mechanism of sounds and the acquisition of normal speech. In the second part the influence of defective hearing on speech is discussed, and the commoner speech

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