Stuttering: A Short History of a Curious Disorder

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Preface

In preparing this book I have had in mind the conviction that anyone interested in this disorder, particularly persons who might be contemplating a professional involvement with it, should have the enlightened perspective on the disorder that only a familiarity with its history can provide.

An adequate perspective can be provided without apprising the reader of the full body of content that the topic might permit. This is particularly true of a topic like stuttering, where so much, in fact excessive, material exists. The fundamental substance of a history of stuttering lies not simply in a recording of events and dates, but in recognizing the significance of relevant contemporaneous intellectual and cultural contexts, and especially the influence of certain individuals. In undertaking this broad objective I have endeavored to be succinctly comprehensive, to condense reasonably and yet remain faithful to the important major dimensions of the subject over time.

I sincerely hope that the book will be interesting as well as informative; that the reader will be able to acquire a substantive understanding and valuable perspective without being burdened, or perhaps confused, by an excess of detail or reference. This objective expresses a motivation based in a long-term personal recollection of having been required to read, in my undergraduate curriculum, the excellent History of Psychology by E. G. Boring. The scholarship and breadth of knowledge represented in that source was indeed impressive, yet the extent and depth of detail seemed, to us, to be burdensome.

Over the years I have maintained a more-than-casual interest in various dimensions of history, and I have been particularly appreciative of historical accounts that make the effort to interrelate various events and circumstances, to consider the focal topics in respect to influences that contributed to shaping

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 4
  • Part I - Long Ago and Far Away 7
  • Chapter 2 - Eoanthropus to Anno Domini 7
  • Notes 16
  • Chapter 3 - Anno Domini to 1700 27
  • Part II - The Significant Interim 29
  • Chapter 4 - 1700-1900 29
  • Notes 54
  • Chapter 5 - Early Twentieth Century 80
  • Part III - Modern Times 85
  • Chapter 6 - A Decade of Formative Transition 85
  • Notes 106
  • Chapter 7 - A View with Room 109
  • Notes 133
  • Part IV - Still Wandering 137
  • Chapter 8 - The Legacy 137
  • Notes 159
  • Chapter 9 - Other Dimensions 194
  • Part V - Denouement 199
  • Chapter 10 - Synopsis and Sequelae 199
  • Notes 214
  • Glossary 217
  • References 225
  • Further Reading 241
  • Name Index 243
  • Subject Index 247
  • About the Author 251
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