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September 2005

Neurogenic Language Disorders in Children

Arch Neurol. 2005;62(9):1478. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.9.1478

edited by Franco Fabbro, 253 pp, with illus, $116, ISBN 0-08-044549-7, New York, NY, Elsevier Science, 2004.

This multiauthor book is a collection of papers presented at the International Symposium of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Aphasia Committee on neurogenic language disorders in children, on May 9 and 10, 2003, in Udine, Italy. It consists of 12 chapters. The first chapter is introductory by the editor and presents an overview of the entire volume and what it covers. The introduction makes clear in just about 1 page that there is little dedication in this volume to the developmental language disorders, presumed to be neurogenic and in many cases either genetic or congenital, but not emphasized in this book aside from the brief introductory section. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 are devoted to various aspects of the relationship of epileptic syndromes (eg, Landau-Kleffner syndrome) to the pathophysiology of aphasia in children. Chapter 5 is devoted to focal brain lesions and their consequences in terms of language lateralization and linguistic development in children. Chapter 6 returns to the issue of paroxysmal abnormalities but is more focused on abnormalities occurring during non–rapid eye movement sleep after very early brain lesions and is not directly related to the earlier epilepsy-focused chapters. Chapters 7 and 8 delve into the issues of language development in children treated for posterior fossa tumor (chapter 7) and cerebellar malformations (chapter 8). Chapter 9 is concerned with the issue of crossed aphasia in children. Chapters 10 and 11 return to the tradition of intensively studied single cases, with chapter 10 representing the young adult status of a female child 12 years after the onset of acquired aphasia. Chapter 11 examines the subtleties of recovery in posttraumatic aphasia. Finally, chapter 12 examines the issue of persistence of acquired aphasia and how its prognosis after early acquisition (childhood) differs from the prognosis of the more numerous adult cases.

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