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

266    SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

cost of considerable labor managed to communicate
with a hundred ex-pupils of two other stammering-
schools  one an American and the other an English
institution, and both of them schools that guaran-
tee to cure stammering.1 Among these one hundred
ex-pupils, five pronounced themselves cured. Of these
five students, two have, to the writer's knowledge,
since relapsed. One of the remaining three the
writer met recently in New York, and this cured
stammerer was beating time and speaking at the rate
of approximately one word a minute. Of the remain-
ing two, one was a school-teacher before he attended
the institution. Thus we have apparently two per-
manent cures in one hundred cases, with one of the
cures to be heavily discounted.

This percentage is not in any way exceptional.
The principal of one of the foremost Swiss institutions
has recently abandoned his work because he was
unable to cure more than four or five per cent of his
cases.

* Temporary "cures," or apparent cures, are easy
enough to accomplish. Dr. Coen reported 54 cures
in 128 cases. (Of the remaining patients, 52 were
improved, and 22 not benefited.) Dr. Klencke, with
148 patients, admits failure in only 10 instances.
But the "cured" patients referred to in these re-
ports are merely pupils pronounced cured at the time

1 The majority of the correspondents attended the American school.