Date of Award

Spring 1941

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The objective of this thesis is to trace the causes and the suggested cures for stuttering from the beginning of records to the present time. An analysis of the existing trends will be made in an attempt to clarify what has been done to effect a cure for stammering. The first chapter traces speech correction work as a movement from the Egyptian civilization to the beginning of the twentieth century and gives the historical background. The second and third chapters examine the theories of the causes and curative measures applied since 1900. The concluding chapter covers some of the most noteworthy statistics concerning the work done in the United States and Europe. The author, in compiling this history, has done so in the hope that a presentation of the existing theories and trends would lead to the development of one theory that would embody all the good and valid points of the others and omit their weaknesses.