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To the Editor:—
The beneficial effect of altitude on a patient with aphasia following cerebral thrombosis is worthy of note. The following information was received by an executive assigned to a post in Japan. While there his wife, who had accompanied him, suffered a major stroke.The onset of the cerebral vascular accident occurred April 6, 1964, at which time she lost her speech entirely, experiencing a partial paralysis of the right leg, right arm and hand with some paralysis of her face and mouth. In addition to the complete expressive aphasia, there appeared to be some receptive aphasia, including the inability to understand the written word, although she was alert to the spoken word. Within a few days she started to recover. First the use of the leg and arm gradually returned, followed by the ability to print very crudely a few words and to say one or two
Herschensohn H. Effect of Altitude on Aphasia Following CVA. JAMA. 1965;192(7):648. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080200066036