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September 1965

Uber die Pathophysiologie der Agnosien Aphasien, Aproxien und der Zerfahrenheit des Denkens bei der Schizophrenie.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(3):334. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470030114018

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In this volume from Bulgaria the author first discusses some Russian theories of neurophysiology, in particular the theories of Wedensky on neuromuscular transmission (which date from the first decade of this century) and the Pavlovian concepts of higher nervous function. In the light of these he attempts to explain various clinical disorders, both neurological (aphasia, agnosia, apraxia) and psychiatric (the language of schizophrenics and the 'slips-of-the-tongue' familiar to readers of "The Psychopathology of Everyday Life"). Western readers will find much to quarrel with in his approach, eg, the outmoded or questionable neurophysiological theories on which the whole structure is based, and the over-ready equating of neurological and psychiatric disturbance. On the other hand, the author sometimes displays a surprising openmindedness; one is surprised, for example, to read an appreciative summary of psychoanalytic theory in a work from Eastern Europe. It may be that the iron curtain which has separated Russian

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