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August 1939

RECOVERY FROM APHASIASTUDIED IN CASES OF LOBECTOMY

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LOS ANGELES

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(2):189-200. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270200009001
Abstract

When the first case of major (left) temporal lobectomy was reported by Fox and German1 with an accurate study of the aphasic manifestations, the general impression among students of aphasia was that the case must have been extremely unusual and that the patient must have had remarkable capacity for compensation after loss of the lobe. The subsequent report of a case in which operation was performed by one of us (R.) showed that either the first impression was erroneous or that, by a peculiar coincidence, the second patient to be so treated was, like the first, unusually endowed. We now have the privilege of reporting 2 other cases in which major (left) temporal lobectomy was performed surgically and an additional case in which it was performed by nature, together with a case of surgical minor (right) temporal lobectomy. The remarkable clinical similarity (almost identity) of the 3 cases of

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