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December 1963

Approaches to the Study of Aphasia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):630-631. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180102014

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The conference which this book summarizes was sponsored by the Committee on Linguistics and Psychology of the Social Science Research Council. This seems to account for the relative lack of discussion of anatomical, neurological, and physiological bases of the syndrome of aphasia. The major concern of the book is with psycholinguistics, testing, and various psychological theorizations as regards aphasia. It is not quite clear at the outset what relationship exists between these areas and aphasia. This reviewer expected that these matters were associated with the rehabilitation of the aphasic. The conference report suggests that perhaps inquiry into these areas will tell us new things about aphasia other than those which have come to light through the work of the neurologist, anatomist, and neurophysiologist.

The first and last chapters of this report are introduction and summary. The bulk of the second chapter, "Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Aphasia," concerns

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