284 SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING
principal gets the credit. The "professor'' would in-
deed be an unlucky mortal if none of his pupils should
be undergoing this fortunate transition. — And lastly,
most stammering-schools do effect an exiguous pro-
portion of cures. But when one reflects that some
institutions have treated thousands of cases, he will
not be unduly impressed if two dozen pupils should
testify to their permanent relief. (And he will par-
don the fact if these few pupils should be staunch
supporters of an unconscionable charlatan.)
And while the "professor" is waiting for these tes-
timonials, he can treat cases "in strict confidence."1
Or if he is more resourceful, he can buy his testi-
monials from a dumb man or a professional recom-
mender; or he may save part of the money, and
spend the rest on paper, pen, and ink.
So much for testimonials.
Some "speech specialists" impress "prospectives"
by their seeming erudition. They contrive to read
papers before medical societies/associations of elocu-
English, specialist treats neurasthenia, constipation, liver
trouble, skin disorders, obesity, stammering, etc., for five and a
half guineas. He gives testimonials concerning some ailments, but
treats stammerers confidentially.
In reply to a request for references to former pupils, he writes :
"I have received your letter dated the isth ult. ... I cannot,
however, accede to your request because I think you will understand
as I undertake to treat all cases in strict confidence I cannot send you
the address of any of my patients."