Disfluent Miscellany

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 771. Reviews the book, The Problem of Stuttering: Theory and Therapy edited by R. W. Rieber (see record 1978-29593-000). This is not really a book in any full sense of the word but a combination of documents with little common purpose. Most are brief papers (some previously published) from a 1975 symposium. There is also an article about normal nonfluency in an African language, a compendium of ancient writings on stuttering, and a survey of antistuttering devices. The editor's introduction doesn't explain the odd assortment and in fact is so unrelated to it that it might have been written about something else. A foreword by Oliver Bloodstein is worth reading for its own sake but doesn't explain the conglomeration either. Quarrington's paper is perhaps the most interesting and certainly the best written. He presents the characteristics of self-cure for 27 cases. Despite admitted weaknesses of method, the paper is a contribution. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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