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Article
April 1976

Brain Specialization for Language Does Not Depend on Literacy

Author Affiliations

From the Language Research Laboratory, Centro de Estudos Egas Moniz, Lisbon Faculty of Medicine, Portugal. Dr Damasio is now with the Department of Neurology, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(4):300-301. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500040084015
Abstract

• Aphasia in focal brain-damaged illiterates is analogous to aphasia in patients who have learned how to read and write, regarding (1) expectancy rate, (2) distribution of clinical types, (3) semiological structure, and (4) score of relevant laboratory variables. The organization of neurological structures whose lesions produce language disturbances seems to be independent from the acquisition of reading and writing skills.

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