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PROGRESS IN PEDIATRICS |

STAMMERING AND STUTTERING, THE PEDIATRICIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY

JOSEPH C. SOLOMON, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(5):1079-1086. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950180151014.
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The indifferent attitude manifested by the medical profession toward the subject of speech disorders is nothing short of lethargy. Proof of this statement can be obtained from the declarations of parents who quote the doctor as having said that the child will outgrow the speech defects.

Although incorrect speech is less frequent after adolescence, it is not because the children necessarily "outgrow" their affliction. By the increased powers of observation and imitation and by the constant association with normally speaking people, many children of themselves learn to speak correctly. If all children would behave in this way there would never occur any speech disorders in adults. However, as long as there are people who go through life with speech defects, the problem exists.

Before the lay public can appreciate the fact that some good can be done, the physicians themselves must learn more about how to handle these cases. It

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