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March 21, 1964

Restoration of Function After Brain Injury

JAMA. 1964;187(12):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060250082035

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Abstract

Originally published in Moscow in 1948, this monograph was translated by Basil Haigh and edited by Prof O. L. Zangwill. That it should only now be made available speaks for the difficulties in arranging for translations, copyrights, and royalties. It is one whose content should have been made available years ago for those in the difficult field of mental and psychological rehabilitation wherein work continues to be so empirical.

Although brain tissues cannot regenerate, brain function is highly adaptable, and there is no doubt that some functions are restored after brain injury. One view is that these are functions only temporarily put out of commission by shock. Reversal of inhibited functions ("deinhibition") may occur spontaneously, by injection of 1 cc of 1:1,000 or 1:2,000 neostigmine methysulfate (Prostigmine Methylsulfate) solution, and by changing mental orientation through various types of psychotherapy, chiefly suggestion.

Another view is that some functional systems of the

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