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This monograph on the aphasic disorders is succinct yet remarkably comprehensive. The first section covers the neuropathologic basis of aphasia, problems of localization, and methods of testing. The second section describes the major aphasic syndromes and allied disorders. A detailed discussion of the neuroanatomical correlates of specific language performances composes the third section. The final section deals with associated clinical problems such as mutism, dementia, apraxia, and agnosia.
This is a well-written exposition in which facts and theories are clearly presented. Though all students of aphasia will find it informative, it should prove to be particularly useful to residents in neurology and psychiatry as they cope with the formidable clinical and theoretical problems posed by the aphasic disorders. Dr Benson is to be congratulated on his achievement.
Benton AL. Aphasia, Alexia, and Agraphia. Arch Neurol. 1980;37(9):604. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500580100032
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