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November 1967

Brain Mechanisms Underlying Speech and Language.

Arch Neurol. 1967;17(5):559-560. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470290113021

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The present volume contains the proceedings of a conference held at Princeton in 1963 under the auspices of the National Institutes of Neurological Diseases and Blindness. A distinguished group of participants was invited, in the hopes of not only having a solid discussion of speech disorders but also of suggesting fruitful areas of research. Unfortunately, we are left not so much with a coherent account of the subject as with a collection of fragments, a box of assorted neurological chocolates, some of which taste good, but all of which may be purchased individually elsewhere.

True, there are a few unifying themes. The 19th century explanation of aphasic syndromes in terms of fiber disconnection, which has been so eloquently revived and expanded by Geschwind, here forms the common thread of several essays. Geschwind himself presents some clinical material; Myers, the anatomic and physiologic basis; and Sperry, the results of neurosurgical disconnection.

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