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June 1964

Restoration of Function After Brain Injury.

Arch Neurol. 1964;10(6):638-639. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460180104014

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There are few areas in clinical medicine more in need of clarification than the theory and practice in the treatment of the brain damaged. This book is an English translation of a book written in 1948 by the well-known Russian experimental psychologist, A. R. Luria, in which he attempts to provide a rational hypothesis on which to base and develop a system of evaluation and reeducation of brain injured patients, particularly after trauma. The problem is developed in three steps. The first is restoration of function by reduction of "inhibition," a phenomenon that is suggested to be a result of synapses within the brain which are inactive but without gross structural damage. To reduce this inhibition particular emphasis is given to the use of intravenous neostigmine (Prostigmine), a treatment that has not found similar favor in other treatment centers. A second major step is called restoration of function by "reorganization

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