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no      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

that the measures applied are among the more
rational ones  preliminary inspiration, indirect
attack, "continuity" of voice, etc. and then pass
the exercises rapidly in review.  Physiological spell-
ing can be dismissed as so much nonsense.  Word-
exercises combined with breathing, whispering, and
vocal exercises might be pardonable if anything could
be said in favor of them.  Practising words with
differently placed accents seems to be an objectless
procedure. The exercise aims .at nothing in particu-
lar, and doubtless accomplishes it.  The reading of
ordinary matter probably furnishes as sensible an
exercise as one finds in the average stammering-school.
The procedure is practical, whereas most of the exer-
cises just considered are fetishistic.Dialogue-reading
is probably beneficial; certainly it would furnish a
test of the pupil's fluency.The reading of difficult
combinations of words would furnish excellent train-
ing for elocutionists, but it is difficult to see how the
practice can be of any benefit to stammerers as stam-
merers. Counting affords the student opportunity
for applying rational principles. It is, however, an
irksome business, and since it has practically no
advantage over other simple speech-exercises, there
is little to commend it. Reciting memoriter, para-
phrasing, completing sentences, propounding, and
answering questions, relating anecdotes, etc., are of
course all useful and practical exercises.  The prac-