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Progress in Pediatrics
August 1947


Author Affiliations

From the Children's Psychiatric Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(2):218-225. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010226008

THE PROBLEM of stuttering has been treated in the past, and is still frequently treated, with a nonchalance unjustified by the effects it so often produces on the person afflicted with this disorder. Many physicians tend to regard stuttering as a temporary phenomenon, usually outgrown, and, therefore, a condition to be ignored. Unfortunately, the same physician does not usually follow a child through adolescence to adulthood and is unable to observe the seriousness of such a prognosis. It is true that there are many children who, diagnosed as stutterers by their parents, cease to show this symptom after a time. This does not mean that the child outgrew the condition but that changes took place within the child or in his environment which were conducive to the development of normal speech. As a matter of fact, numerous surveys show that there is the same incidence of stutterers at the freshman

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