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May 19, 1945

Etudes de psychologie médicale

JAMA. 1945;128(3):241-242. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200081035

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It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find in the modern literature of any country a more fundamental and exhaustive study of the problems presented here than this masterly work by André Ombredane. Only a man who commands the enormous literature of two continents dealing with aphasia, agnosia and apraxia and has the brilliance and experience of Ombredane could give us such a critical analysis and synthetic presentation of this most difficult subject.

The author bases his chapter on aphasia on Baillarger's principle "the substitute of the involuntary verbal incitation for the voluntary one" and Hughlings Jackson's conception of diseases of the nervous system as reversed evolution, e. g. dissolution. Dissolution as a process of regression proceeds from the least organized, the most complex, the least automatic toward the most organized, the simplest and most automatic. In a uniform dissolution the highest centers are the most affected. A high

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