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December 1948

Language and Language Disturbance.

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By Kurt Goldstein, M.D. Price, $8.75. Pp. 374. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1948.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(6):747. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040761011

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Abstract

Dr. Goldstein, whose studies of the problem of aphasia have won him world recognition, presents in this book much clinical material and includes his own theory of the mechanisms underlying language disturbances. Approximately the first quarter of the book is devoted to the physiology and the psychology of language, with emphasis on what Goldstein calls the "organismic" approach to the subject. He implies that the use of language and its abnormalities have both organic and psychologic bases and consequently should be approached from both standpoints. The rest of the book consists of a wealth of case presentations, accompanied with methods of examination and explanations for the various findings. A short final chapter is devoted to the fundamentals of therapy.

That the subject of aphasia is in need of clarification is evidenced by the brief summaries in various textbooks of the theories concerning it and by the fact noted that many

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