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UC Irvine News Brief: UCI doctor brings insider's perspective to new book on stuttering

Dr. Gerald Maguire, who has stuttered since childhood, and Lisa Gordon Wither have co-authored "Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering."

July 20, 2010
UC Irvine News Brief: UCI doctor brings insider's perspective to new book on stuttering

In his new book, Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering, Dr. Gerald Maguire – with co-author Lisa Gordon Wither – explores the medical condition from an insider’s perspective: He’s a physician who has stuttered since childhood and struggled to express himself with ease. Maguire is the founder and director of UCI’s Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering – currently the only facility in the world devoted exclusively to this field. He’s also leading a nationwide clinical trial of the first medication developed specifically to treat stuttering. “Stuttering causes confusion in families, contempt in the uninformed and anguish in the 5 million Americans who find it impossible to speak without effort,” Maguire says. “Hopefully, this book can shed light on and provide understanding for this struggle.”