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July 1973

Aphasia, Apraxia and Agnosia.

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USA San Francisco

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(1):139. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650070125025

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In this monograph, Brown has contributed an excellent review of the literature on aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, and related subjects. He has attempted to pull together all available information and develop a workable concept of the various dysphasic syndromes in terms of a hierarchial system.

Unfortunately, even the moderately well-informed reader will find himself overwhelmed by the cascade of unfamiliar or only partially familiar words utilized to present the subject matter. At times I had the unpleasant sensation that I must be suffering from the very perceptual difficulties being described; a page or paragraph would be read and reread without comprehension. With considerable effort, understanding the text was possible, but one must conclude that although the monograph is concise and tightly written it is doubtful that anyone other than the most vigorous students of aphasia and related disorders will find it useful.

Brown's concepts of aphasia deserve earnest study and attention.

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