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December 1962

Progressive Lessons for Language Retraining.

Arch Neurol. 1962;7(6):594. doi:10.1001/archneur.1962.04210060112022

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During the last century more than thirty thousand books and articles have appeared which discuss the symptomatology of aphasic manifestations. Most of these investigations are concerned with the question whether a circumscribed lesion in the central nervous system can be equated with the loss of a specific function. In spite of this embarras de richesse in one area there is still a dearth of research, scientific evaluation, and testing of aphasic rehabilitation procedures. There is even a greater scarcity of available descriptions of concrete techniques and methods by means of which the less experienced speech therapist, the layman, or a member of the family of the patient might attempt "to accomplish rehabilitative speech goals with their expressive aphasic patients." In this respect Miss Decker's exercise book, composed of four brochures printed on loose leaves, responds to a need. To facilitate the use of her book, the author introduces it with

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