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June 23, 1951

Recovery from Aphasia

JAMA. 1951;146(8):763. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670080071027

With heightening interest in all phases of rehabilitation, this book appears at a propitious time to serve as a guide for those concerned with the care of the aphasic patient.

Covering the essential historical data and giving his classification of aphasia, which has the appeal of simplicity, Dr. Wepman lists the essential members of the rehabilitation team. He includes, as he should, the nurse at the bedside, the many physicians involved, the aphasia therapists, and the family. He sees the team functioning at its best in the hospital situation, but tries to present the idea that an individual "aphasia therapist," trained in the technique of speech, education, and psychology, might be able to function in practice.

The author recognizes with skill and clarity that the patient whose brain is damaged by trauma or disease presents a many-faceted problem, because the resulting language disorder distorts and frequently prevents adequate social communication.

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