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.