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October 7, 1893

THE FUNCTION OF THE RIGHT TEMPORO-SPHENOIDAL LOBE.Read before the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(15):532-534. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420670022001e

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Abstract

In an authoritative work on "Diseases of the Nervous System" recently published, the temporal lobe of the brain on the right side in man is spoken of as one of the "latent regions of the brain, destruction of which, and irritation of which, produce no special or distinctive phenomena." Clinical and pathological evidence bearing upon the functions of the temporal lobes is acknowledged to be scanty at present by no less a specialist on this subject than David Ferrier; and the discrepancies in the results of the many experimental researches upon animals conducted by him, Victor Horsley, and other observers of undoubted merit, cause us to welcome any additional light, however meager, that will aid in clearing up the darkness that still surrounds this region of the human brain. A most novel and interesting case recently came under my observation in consultation, which terminated fatally within five weeks from the

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