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July 1920


Arch NeurPsych. 1920;4(1):135-136. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180190144012

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The author of this little book is not satisfied with the doctrine of the localization of speech as that doctrine has been understood for a generation or so, and sets out to demolish it. His argument rests on two legs. First, the postmortem findings in some cases of aphasia have not supported the claims of the localizationists. Thus, as is well known, some cases of motor aphasia have been reported in which no lesion in Broca's area had been observed. This negative proof seems to make a strong appeal to Dr. Osnato, in spite of the fact that negative proof is always open to suspicion. He makes little attempt to meet the mass of positive proof which supports the main doctrine of motor and sensory aphasia, except by reference to a few statistical papers by other workers. His own work is entirely lacking in anatomic studies. But statistical studies are