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Medical News & Perspectives
March 27, 2013

Studies Probe Restoring Speech in Persons With Chronic Stroke-Related Aphasia

JAMA. 2013;309(12):1217-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1253

During the 30 years Ana Inés Ansaldo, PhD, practiced as a speech and language therapist, she frequently encountered patients who, after being silenced by stroke-related aphasia for many years, were able to utter everyday words or link words into spoken sentences. As a scientist, Ansaldo wanted to find out why elderly individuals with chronic aphasia who had large lesions in the Broca area, a region crucial for language processing, responded to language therapy—contrary to conventional medical doctrine.