Medicine: Why Stutter?

The only hospital in the U.S. devoted exclusively to people who stutter, lisp, mumble, use baby talk, are tongue-tied or have cleft palates* is Manhattan's National Hospital for Speech Disorders. Last week the hospital, founded by Dr. James Sonnett Greene, celebrated its 25th anniversary, announced that it had treated a total of more than 38,000 children and adult patients (70% without payment), had helped most of them to normal speech.

More than half the hospital's 3,500 patients last year suffered from stuttering, scientifically known as dysphemia. It is found in nervous, high-strung persons,...

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