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September 1961

On the Nature of Regression in Aphasia

Author Affiliations

Psychology Section, Psychiatry and Neurology Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Providence, R.I.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(3):252-256. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710150034006

While neurologists, speech pathologists, and linguistically oriented psychologists devote much effort to defining those organically based disturbances in the skills, memories, and habits of language, both spoken and written, which constitute the disease syndrome called aphasia, comparatively meager attention has been given to the emotional aspects of this illness. Freud, while penning a lucid monograph on the subject of aphasia,6 confined his interest primarily to the neurological aspects of the illness.

Certainly it would be expected that with the observational media provided by individual and group psychotherapy, systematic investigation into the functional concomitants of this illness by both psychiatrists and psychologists should have been facilitated. Unfortunately, however, comparatively few workers in either profession have as yet availed themselves of the opportunity to explore an illness which, as will be demonstrated in this report, produces profound psychological debilitation in the area of

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