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August 1968

Aphasia in Children.

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By Alexander W. G. Ewing, PhD. Pp 145. Price, $7. Hafner Publishing Co., Inc., 31 E Tenth St, New York 3, NY, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740080124026

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The current edition of this book is a reprint of the original publication issued in 1930. The author has used a number of detailed cases involving children with language disturbances to pinpoint problems in many other organic areas. In a sense, Dr. Ewing points out that the general phenomena of linguistic retardation is not an isolated physiological defect. Further, he stresses the fundamental symptomatological and etiological discrepancies between failure in normal speech development among children and the "aphasia" found in adult patients, the latter being described as a breakdown of the perfected speech process in later life.

The author alludes to the need for evaluation into other presenting symptoms besides language production but never comes out with a clear protocol of how to assess the total child. He explains ingenious methods of evaluation and examination of language and audiological processes, but rarely

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