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March 1989

Aphasia Therapy: More Than Just Hand-holding-Reply

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Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery (Neurology) Washington University School of Medicine 660 S Euclid Ave St Louis, MO 63110

Arch Neurol. 1989;46(3):249-250. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520390015004

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In Reply.  —A conjunction of verses from the Book of Matthew is pertinent to our having stirred our own colleagues to editorial attention: "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house." "What is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" We hope now to move them from reliance on Truth by Authoritative Pronouncement and beyond a vocabulary of "gains... in both theory and practice," "advancements in therapeutic technique," "documented alternatives," and "state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment." If testimonials and good intentions were sufficient measure, we would still be treating pneumonia by cupping. With an operational vocabulary of controls and unprejudiced measurements directed toward refereed journals, we hope that they will help to design tough-minded research protocols that will test their own faith.

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