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July 1937

The Intellectual Functions of the Frontal Lobes: A Study Based upon Observation of a Man After Partial Bilateral Frontal Lobectomy.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(1):236-238. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260190246018

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This book is an important contribution to the knowledge of that domain in which physiology and psychology meet. No work on apes can fully elucidate the functions of the frontal lobes; it is a strictly human problem. As Tilney says in his preface to Brickner's monograph: "The brains of lower animals can do little more than offer suggestive leads. It is for this reason that every case offering proper and favorable opportunities for investigation must be utilized to the fullest extent." Brickner appreciated his opportunity when Mr. A. (after operation by Dandy, in Baltimore) came to him as a patient. The book tells the story of the patient's life before the tumor of the brain developed and gives a good clinical history of the illness and of the operation for excision of the parasagittal meningioma. Removal of the tumor necessitated amputation of most of both frontal lobes in front of

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