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April 1956

Aphasia Therapeutics

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;75(4):460. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330220124014

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This book gives to the practitioner a well-organized guide to treatment in Chapters V through VII. The authors summarize their point of view in Chapter IX by saying: "In brief, the psychological goal in the therapeutic treatment of an aphasia victim should be to aid him in recovering his integrity as a well-functioning individual. If treated as an infant, the prospects for recovery are poor indeed. But when therapy improves both the speech and language loss, and induces the sufferer to make genuine efforts to use all his physical capacities (regardless of how much these may have been reduced by cerebral insults), the possibilities for recovery are enhanced and progress toward that goal is speeded up immeasurably." This is excellent, but the book strikes one as a rather amateur effort, written with a chip on the shoulder. No doubt the great clinical experience of these authors has given them evidence

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