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August 1995

Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, and Dysarthria

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Los Angeles, Calif

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(8):745-746. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540320017006

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For the astute clinician, a speech abnormality, no less so than a gait disturbance, is a road map to neuroanatomic localization and clinical diagnosis. However, it is difficult for neurologists to appreciate nuances of speech and language without the opportunity to listen critically to patients so affected. When restricted to textbook descriptions, the clinician who encounters speech- and languageimpaired patients on the ward or in the clinic will be unable to develop a critical and discerning ear. Thus, didactic clinical material presented in an audio format would be a logical and welcome means of educating neurologists and other specialists who assess these patients.

Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, and Dysarthria consists of a pamphlet, an audiocassette, and laminated test stimuli, which are to be used with a screening examination described in the pamphlet. The slim manual introduces and characterizes the speech samples contained on the tape. I chose to disregard the

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