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April 1992

Disturbances of Lower and Higher Visual Capacities Caused by Occipital Damage

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Gainesville, Fla

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(4):341. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530280019003

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J. Zeihl and H. Weiskrantz have translated into English Poppelreuter's Disturbances of Lower and Higher Visual Capacities Caused by Occipital Damage. The original book was published in 1917 and, until this translation, was unavailable in English.

Professor Poppelreuter's discoveries and discussions are based on the examination of hundreds of patients with war injuries to the head. Professor Poppelreuter's approach is similar to that still taken by behavioral neurologists. The book discusses perception, visual identification, attention, optic ataxia, and disturbances of reading and writing. Because Professor Poppelreuter was concerned with patients, he also has an extensive discussion on recovery and training.

Because of my research interest, I particularly enjoyed the section on attention. Professor Poppelreuter Provided strong evidence that extinction is not only induced by an attentional disorder but also notes that it may be difficult to distinguish between attentional and sensory disorders. I also enjoyed the section on disturbances of

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