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March 1931

A CASE OF AGRAMMATISM IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: A CLINICAL STUDY IN CATEGORIAL THOUGHT

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CHICAGO

From the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Research and Educational Hospitals of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;25(3):556-597. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230030114006
Abstract

In his study of agrammatism, Pick1 lamented the fact that no investigation of the subject had yet been forthcoming in the English language. Such an investigation, he claimed, is "one of the desiderata for a future clarification of the aphasias." In the seventeen years that have elapsed since these words were written, no such study has issued from the pen of an English writer, while the German literature produced, in the same period, no less than four fundamental contributions to the subject (Salomon,2 Isserlin,3 Bonhoeffer4 and Kleist5).

This failure on the part of English writers to investigate the agrammatical disturbances is all the more conspicuous, as the occurrence of agrammatisms has been consistently noted and mentioned by such workers as Broadbent,6 Charlton Bastian,7 Ross,8 Mills9 and Head.10 The fact that agrammatism was noted and mentioned, but not studied, suggests the

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