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This book unfortunately begins with its weakest section, a jerkily written history of aphasia, which adds little to other recently published accounts. There follows a review of neuroanatomy which serves to introduce the authors' views on the neurophysiologic mechanisms involved in aphasia. At this point there is an interesting discussion of some of the problems involved in constructing models of cerebral function; for instance, of the need to postulate a hierarchy of auditory inputs to account for the different types of auditory deficit found in aphasic patients. This hierarchy is here explained in neurophysiologic terms by reference to Pribram's theories, but, however explained, it represents an aspect of brain function to which the computer engineer has yet to produce a satisfactory analog.
The authors' approach to aphasic patients seems to the present reviewer essentially an attempt to play down theories of aphasia based on deficits of specific modalities in favor
Charlton MH. Aphasia in Adults: Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment. Arch Neurol. 1964;11(6):689. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460240121024
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