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June 1959

A Combined Test Used for the Diagnosis of Organic Brain Condition

Author Affiliations

Tel Aviv, Israel

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(6):776-784. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340180110014

The psychological examination of the brain-injured patient is now being introduced more and more routinely as an integral part of the general diagnostic procedure in neuropsychiatric clinics.1,3,18 The usual testing tools applied are visual designs tests (Bender,4,9,15,26 Ellis,11 Benton6,8), the tests designed by Goldstein and his co-workers,12 Wechsler's Intelligence Scale,17, 25,31 the Marble Board test,30 Rorschach's technique,2,16,19,20-22,27 and Goodenough's Draw-a-Man test.5,7,13

Important and helpful as all those tests are, they do not easily lend themselves to quantification. The present paper presents a combined test, relatively short (administration and scoring takes about 10 minutes), which lends itself to objective scoring and to qualitative analysis as well.*

The plan of presentation is as follows: (1) First, the test will be described; (2) a validating study will be reported, and (3) the qualitative aspects of the test and the interpretation of positive test findings

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