February 1966

Differential Diagnosis of Aphasia With the Minnesota Test.

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By Hildred Schuell. Price, $4. Pp 166. University of Minnesota Press, 2037.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(2):224. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730080112019

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University Ave, SE, Minneapolis 55414, 1965. This little book is intended for users of the new Minnesota Test for Differential Diagnosis of Aphasia. The test itself is intended not only as an instrument in the observation of problems in the principal aspects of language but also as a means to quantification of whatever deficits may be present. The author defines "aphasia" as a "reduction of available language that crosses all language modalities and may or may not be complicated by perceptual or sensorimotor involvement, by various forms of dysarthia, or by other sequelae of brain damage." While many clinicians, whether they be neurologists, speech therapists, or clinical psychologists, may find this statement faulty, the author appears to use this definition in a thoroughly consistent and vigorous fashion to offer a new classification of aphasic disturbances. According to this classification, "simple aphasia" is said to exist when

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