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December 1966

Human Brain and Psychological Processes.

Arch Neurol. 1966;15(6):672. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470180112013

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In this volume Professor Luria has collected a series of his monographs on neuropsychology. Some of the material dates from over two decades ago, but has been refashioned in the light of later experience, particularly experience gained from the traumatic lesions of World War II. The initial essays are concerned with the well-worn disputes of localization vs nonlocalization of cerebral function; the remaining portion of the book is an attempt to examine in detail the disturbances of psychological function found with pathology of the frontal lobes. It is this latter section which is likely to be of most interest to clinical neurologists.

We are often content in clinical situations to recognize a so-called "frontal syndrome" by its grosser manifestations of apathy or "Witzelsucht." Professor Luria is concerned with analyzing and explaining these manifestations more deeply, eg, to describe the disorders of linguistic function found in frontal lesions which go beyond

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