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

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268    SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

a half years at the Katenkamp Institute, and was still
not cured of his impediment.1

The writer has an acquaintance that has taken
eight courses at an English stammering-school. He
still seems good for eight or a dozen more.

Dr. Findley records the cogent fact that he has
given " an average of at least three hours a day for
forty years/5 to an unsuccessful attempt to rid him-
self of his impediment.2

It is evident that there is something lacking in
the systems. The systems are deficient in that they
attack merely the physical manifestations of what is
jri reality a psychical defect. The following para-
graph presents the popular point of view:

"Causes of Stammering: There are five principal active
causes. First, not opening the glottis so as to produce sound;
second, not allowing the lower jaw to have free play; third,
pressing the lips tightly together; fourth, pressing the teeth
too tightly against the lips; and fifth (most difficult to get
rid of), pressing the tongue tightly against the teeth or gums."*

Small wonder that men with such ideas on the
nature of the malady almost invariably fail in their
efforts to effect a cure. Such men know nothing
about the defect. For them, everything is "stam-

1 "Ueber das Stottern und dessen Heilung," p. 26.

2 The Voice, Vol. VII, p. 53.

8 And men that write this kind of nonsense usually profess to treat
the came of stammering. (" We treat the Cause, and not the Habit";
"I treat the cause, and not the symptoms" ; etc.)