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December 1936

Aphasia: A Clinical and Psychological Study.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(6):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260120259021

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This book, published after the death of Dr. Weisenburg, is a fitting monument to his life's work. The aphasias are not only a clinical subject for study but a much trampled debating ground in which claims conflict with counter claims and tempers clash. It is an eloquent tribute to the wisdom and maturity of the senior author that rival views are discussed, criticized, exposed and rejected and that, nevertheless, polemic is avoided. The approach is as objective and critical as the complexity of the subject permits. Three hundred and fourteen cases were investigated; of these, 234 were studied, and in 60 the patients were examined with astounding intensity, both as to clinical symptomatology and as to psychologic responses. Previous studies by numerous observers have suffered from various shortcomings: Neither the clinical nor the psychologic examinations were sufficiently standardized; control series, both of "normal" subjects and of patients with unilateral cerebral