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January 1930

Ueber Umbau und Abbau der Sprache bei Geistesstörung.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(1):217. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220070220017

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Stockert has produced a monograph of great interest and importance. His approach to the problem of speech through the utterances of mental patients has resulted in new concepts in the psychology of speech. The monograph is readable, and should be available to all neurologists and psychologists. To those interested in the problem of aphasia the monograph is replete with new avenues of approach to this extremely difficult subject.

Speech is presented fundamentally as an expression of the individual in his adaptation to his environment, as a means of influencing others, as a purposeful act, and as a method of symbolization. It is important to look on speech not as a mere isolated act, but as a highly complicated physical and psychologic act whereby the individual reacts to the environment and evokes reactions in the latter simultaneously. From the pathologic standpoint Stockert divides the disturbances of speech as observed in mental

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