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March 11, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(10):747-748. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560100039023

The aphasia storm which had its origin in the "Revision" paper of Marie in 1906, and which broke with such violence in the discussion before the French neurologic society in 1908, has now almost passed, leaving the situation somewhat clearer, but still possessing most of its ancient landmarks.

It will be recalled that Marie maintains that Broca's convolution plays no rôle whatever in the zone of language; that aphasia is always due to a lesion of Wernicke's zone, and is always the "sensory aphasia" of the classical adherents; and that a lesion of the lenticular zone, of which he makes a tentative description, produces an anarthria—which anarthria plus the sensory aphasia equals the classical Broca's aphasia.

Thus: An isolated lesion of the zone of Wernicke= aphasia of Wernicke; an isolated lesion of the lenticular zone=anarthria; a lesion of the two zones=aphasia of Broca.

Dejerine stood by the classical conceptions, as

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