As long ago as 1880 I published an account of a case of aphasia greatly benefited by training which was largely of the patient's own initiation and conducted by himself.
The patient fell in an apoplectiform attack, and was taken to one of the London hospitals, where he was seen by Dr. Sieveking and Dr. Broadbent. He was a right hemiplegic and was also totally aphasic and agraphic, but appeared not to have been word deaf, as he understood what was said to him. He had lost all ideas of numbers, but was evidently not word blind, as he understood from the first what he saw in print or in script. When he read aloud he had a marked form of paraphasia, his speech being of the jargon or gibberish type. Like many such patients, he read off this jargon as if to himself he were reading correctly. He
MILLS CK. TREATMENT OF APHASIA BY TRAINING. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(26):1940–1949. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500260002d
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