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September 1971

Die Rehabilitation der Aphasie in den Romanischen Landern Nebst Beitragen zur Aphasieforschung.

Arch Neurol. 1971;25(3):285. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00490030111024

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The capacity of the nervous system for clinical recovery after an ictus is widely used by those concerned with rehabilitation. Spectacular successes are often attributed to rehabilitation when, in fact, the restoration of function occurred naturally and perhaps in spite of the efforts of stroke and other rehabilitation teams.

Restoration of language function is a difficult process and most neurologists are ignorant of the methods used, and results achieved, in this difficult area. The present volume reports the proceedings of the Second Symposium on Language and Rehabilitation of Aphasics.

In comparison with work in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, our own efforts in this field are miserly. In Europe, separate clinics are available to patients, staffed by neurologists with special competence in aphasiology, neuropsychologists, and orthophonists. Attempts are made to quantify deficits and soberly assess results of treatment. The distinction is clearly made between the natural history of aphasia

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