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August 4, 1962

Speech Disorders, Aphasia, Apraxia, and Agnosia

JAMA. 1962;181(5):455. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050310095026

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It is a pleasure to read a book by Sir Russell Brain. We have been accustomed to expect clarity of style, precise organization of thought, and masterful economy of words. This small book dealing with a subject of general interest does not disappoint the reader. The author combines his extensive personal experience with an up-to-date integration of recent developments in the field of speech disorders.

His objects in writing this booklet are expressed best in the preface. First, he gives a comprehensive account of the subject, discussing theories of the origin of speech and its development in the child, as well as its normal psychophysiology and breakdown in aphasia. He also gives a historical account of thought about aphasia, leading to a description of the symptoms of this and the closely related disorders apraxia and agnosia. The entire book is written as a critical review based on the thesis that

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