January 2, 1981

Higher Cortical Functions in Man

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


by Aleksandr Romanovich Luria (Basil Haigh, trans), ed 2; 634 pp, 136 illus, $27.50, New York, Basic Books, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310260057042

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This first-rate translation of the second edition of Luria's book is a summary of his contributions in neuropsychology over more than four decades, work done mostly at the Burdenko Institute in Moscow. Luria was head of the department of neuropsychology at Moscow University from 1945 until his death in August 1977, at the age of 75 years. A physician, he was preeminent in the discipline of neuropsychology.

The first edition of his book in English appeared in 1960. It was acclaimed as unique, even monumental. In it, Luria was concerned mainly with disturbed functions of the left cerebral hemisphere, particularly with aphasia, agnosia, and apraxia, and he gave a detailed analysis of frontal lobe abnormalities.

The second edition has been extensively revised, particularly with regard to function of the frontal lobes. Included are Luria's up-to-date findings on intellectual functioning, memory, speech and writing, and voluntary movement. The higher mental functions