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December 14, 1935

Aphasia: A Clinical and Psychological Study

JAMA. 1935;105(24):2010. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760500062027

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Of all the problems of neurology, the problem of understanding the aphasias has been one of the most difficult confronting both the clinician and the researcher. An analysis of the literature reveals that some recent textbooks still closely adhere to the motor-sensory classification, while others follow the lead of Head. Why the technics developed by the clinical psychologist have never previously been applied to this field, where they would be more apt than the purely "physical" approach, is a question that arises in one's mind immediately on realizing the mode of attack of these authors to their problem. The psychologists have developed standardized tests of reading and of speech in all their various divisions. These tests have been used in school systems, but psychologists, not being M.D.'s, have been unequipped to go into the hospital to study aphasia and, having inadequate knowledge of neural anatomy, were unable to approach the

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