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February 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(6):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480060017001d

The following case is reported simply to illustrate the value of that form of aphasia known as alexia as a localizing symptom, and which led in this case to a successful surgical procedure.

Mrs. T., aged 31, was referred to me by a surgeon for diagnosis, with a view to operation if deemed advisable. Seven years before my examination she was shot in the head, by some unknown person, while riding in a buggy after dark. The bullet entered the skull 4½ inches to the left of the sagittal suture, and ½ inch in front of the binauricular line, proceeding in an unknown direction. She was in bed two months, and for four weeks was semi-conscious and delirious. After getting out of bed she was unable to walk alone for four months. From this time on she was able to walk with a limp, the right leg being distinctly paretic.

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