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September 5, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(1):95. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73010190029025a

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A new diagnostic test for aphasia has been developed by research teams from the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina. It will be released for general use in November. The test has been under development for the past three years by research groups led by Professors Joseph M. Wepman, of the University of Chicago Speech and Language Clinic, and Lyle V. Jones, of the Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina. It has been given to more than 200 patients and was designed to determine more specifically than has heretofore been possible the language defect presented by aphasic patients, and thus to permit more effective treatment of the individual problem.

An estimated one million people in the United States suffer, in varying degrees, from aphasia, which is usually caused by strokes and head injuries and occasionally by operations for brain tumor. It occurs most often in

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