Skip to main content

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

See other formats

" STAMMERING-SCHOOLS "                303

The "specialists," it should be noted, are always
vociferous in denouncing quacks. They abhor those
nasty people, and appeal to God to exterminate the
charlatans. But while the " specialist" is praying
for the charlatan's extermination, it would be well
for the stammerer to be careful.

In this connection we excerpt a paragraph from
" The Great American. Fraud ":l

" Here are a few of the more conspicuous and unmistakable
indications of quackery among the specialists: The advertising
doctor who, having a ' cure' to sell, is f editorially endorsed1
by any publication, particularly in the religious field, is a quack.
The doctor who advertises secret powers, or newly discovered
scientific methods, or vaunts a special * system * or * method/
is a quack* The doctor who offers to sell, at a price, a cure for
any ailment is a quack, and if he professes a * special interest *
in your case and promises reduced rates, he's throwing in a little
extra lying for good measure. Finally, the form-letter is a
sure sign. You can tell it because it begins ' Dear Friend/
or * Dear Mr. So-and-So/ or ' My Dear Correspondent/ and
contains promises that will fit any case. If, however, you are
determined to give a trial to one of these ' specialists/ suggest
these terms; that, since he promises to cure you, you will
deposit to Ms account the full price of the treatment, to be paid

1 "The Great American Fraud," p. in. This treatise (by Samuel
Hopkins Adams) deals with the nostrum evil and with quacks and
quackery in general. Copies can be obtained from The American
Medical Association, 53$ Dearborn Avenue, Chicago. Paper-covered
copies are supplied at tea cents, and cloth-covered copies at twenty-
five cents, both post-free.