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Full text of "Stamering And Cognate Defects Of Speech Vol - Ii"

MODES OF ENUNCIATION, ETC           209

"Away with the dangerous speech-exercises! The one
proper treatment for over-excitable nerves is rest; and this
rest should alternate with gentle, natural, and unforced move-
ments, — since these movements further the organic reparative
changes. If possible, the patient should enjoy a great deal of
sleep, -~~ quiet, restful sleep, undisturbed by dreams. We
recommend a short sleep before the midday meal as highly
beneficial; but if it is not possible for the patient to indulge
in sleep at this time, he should at least follow Hallervorden*s
excellent precept;1 "'Rest seems to me to possess an excel-
lent therapeutic value in cases of exhaustion. Therefore I
have for some years prescribed rest for neurasthenic patients.
I advise the patient to lie practically flat upon his back for five
or ten minutes — since this position affords the most relief
to the muscular system — and to rest both body and mind as
far as possible. I advise Mm to repeat this from five to twelve
times during the day. The few patients that have followed
m!y advice have always thanked me for it, but probably only
one in ten has conscientiously fulfilled my instructions/ On
no account should one shorten the night's sleep by rising early
or retiring late.

" Every stammerer should treat himself •— or if too young,
should be treated —as a patient suffering from neurasthe-
nia* *. , With every movement that he makes, he should bear
this fact in mind* He should execute each movement with the
greatest possible relaxation and ease, observing, too, absolute
nonchalance and indifference. On the one hand, this physical
well-being is the enemy of fear, and its consorts, the various
asthenic emotions; and on the other hand, it must from its
very nature obviate every strong impulse or innervation.
But not any kind of slowness (in moving arms and legs) is

1 "Arbeit tind Wftle, ein Kapital klinischer Psychologic/1 VoL !»

p, 40.