Minerva has perpetuated a medical myth

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.630d (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:630
  1. Patrick Lynch
  1. General practitioner 7 Upper Irishtown, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland

    EDITOR,—Minerva recently commented1 on an editorial in the Irish Medical Journal, which was unreferenced; it attributed stammering to physical punishment in schools, and the decline in the incidence of stammering to changes in education since the 1970s.2 As subsequent correspondence pointed out, the incidence of stammering is fairly uniform across various populations studied, there is little evidence of a change in incidence, and there is mounting evidence that stammering is due to an inheritable neurological defect.3 Is this an example of Minerva perpetuating a medical myth?


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