184 SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING Mrs. Leigh, an Englishwoman, was governess to the daughter of Dr. Yates, of Albany, New York. The doctor's daughter stammered, and Mrs. Leigh applied her notorious "method" to combat the impediment. One version has it that Dr. Yates invented the method, and imparted it to Mrs. Leigh in the interests of Ms daughter; and that he subsequently appointed the governess as the head of a stammering-school. The other version has it that Mrs. Leigh herself con- tributed the method, and that Dr. Yates assumed credit for its invention. According to the latter Aver- sion, Dr. Yates had no connection with Mrs. Leigh's institution. The former version is upheld by Dr. Warren: " The inventor of Mrs. Leigh's system, Dr. Christopher C. Yates, of New York, a medical gentleman of high talents and very strong natural powers, had a daughter afflicted with stammering. After attentive observation and a long study of her case, he succeeded in hitting upon a method which effected a cure. This method he imparted to the young lady's m- stnictress, Mrs. Leigh, an Englishwoman, in order that it might be pursued during school-hours. "The inventor soon determined to extend its benefits to others. Finding Mrs. Leigh enter into the scheme with zeal and ability, he placed her at the head of the institution; and, fearful of the reproach of empiricism, he chose that it should pass under her name."l i "Remarks on Stammering," American Journal of Medical Science, Boston, 1837. Quoted by The Voice, Vol. IV, p. 96.