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June 19, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(8):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260067028

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To the Editor:  —In 1943 I was stricken by coronary thrombosis followed by cerebral embolism, which resulted in right hemiplegia and complete aphasia. I was a shut-in within a paralyzed body and a shut-out from the world outside. It was then, by using my left hand, that I devised a code of communication, 21 hand signs. It was two and one-half years later, however, before I could express myself orally and tell an artist how to make the drawings that became the "Hand Talking Chart." I should like medical colleagues who have aphasic patients to have the chart if they wish. During the last seven years, the chart has been distributed nationally and internationally by the cooperation of editors of medical publications, and I have received hundreds of favorable reports on its use. Aphasic patients can communicate their basic needs and desires, thus dispelling their fears, helping them to a

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