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

234    SYSTEMS  OF TREATING STAMMERING

Numerous cures are reported by persons that have
employed the hypnotic method. Wetterstrand, for
instance, reports fifteen cures in forty-five cases.
But, of these fifteen patients, thirteen were children
from five to twelve years of age; so, after all, the per-
formance was not remarkable —and Wetterstrand
admits ignorance as to whether or not many of his
cures were permanent.

On the whole, the treatment of stammering by
hypnotic suggestion has not been successful. Most
writers on general hypnotism report a fair percentage
of cures — but this with a small number ^of cases.
The hypnotist, however, usually knows nothing about
stammering; hence his criterion of cure may be faulty,
and his figures consequently unreliable.2

It is interesting to note what Gutzmann has to
say concerning the hypnotic treatment of stammering.3
"The whole hypnotic treatment of stammering has been a
fiasco.   Ford, a champion of hypnotic therapy, has himself
plainly avowed the fact;  and success has been achieved only
when hypnotic treatment has been employed in conjunction with
a system of gymnastic and physiological training.   No reason-
able physician doubts that a stammerer may be brought into a
i Wetterstrand, "Hypnotism and its Application to Practical Medi-

Cm*\hPePwriter has in mind a physician that subjected a patient to the
test of repeating after kirn some of his difficult words. He was de-
lighted to find that the patient spoke with fluency; and was practi-
cally ready to pronounce the case a cure.

»Hermann Gutzmann, " Sprachheilkunde," 2d ed., p. 394-