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Dr. Jeannette K. Laguaite

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LaRC’s Manuscripts Collection 866 is made up of the personal and professional papers of Jeannette K. Laguaite of New Orleans.  Dr. Laguaite (1912-2005) was an audiologist, teacher of speech therapy, and an academic administrator at Tulane University School of Medicine during the mid-twentieth century.   Early in her long professional career she taught kindergarten in the New Orleans Public Schools, and also worked as a speech correctionist with children and adults.   During World War II, she served as a Civilian Defense nurse's aide in New Orleans.  She completed her Ph.D. degree in 1952, and then concentrated on scholarly study, teaching, and administration of audiology and speech therapy programs at Tulane University.   Her interests included psychosomatic medicine, particularly clinical hypnosis therapy in speech rehabilitation.   The collection includes thank-you notes from people expressing gratitude for their ability to regain their speech due to her help.   Dr. Laguaite tr…