Classic Cases in Neuropsychology / Edition 1

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Within the last decade or so, the importance of detailed examination and theoretical interpretation of the single case has been increasingly recognised in neuropsychology. This book brings together in one volume discussion of the classic cases which have shaped the way we think about the relationships between brain, behaviour and cognition. The editors were concerned with the important single case. It may be ancient (Broca's case LeBorgne) or modern (Marshall & Newcombe's deep dyslexic G. R.), famous (Phineas Gage), or less well-known (Burckhardt's early psychosurgery cases). But the book is comprehensive in its coverage of contemporary neuropsychological issues. Represented are classic cases in language, memory, perception, attention and praxis. Some of the cases included are rare, or have acted as catalysts to the development of theory. Some have remained the definitive case; many were the first of their type to be described and gave rise to the development of new syndrome entities. Some are still controversial. In some instances, the cases resulted in major paradigm shifts. Some, while still highly influential, were misinterpreted. But most of them were read only by a few in their original form. All the cases included are classics in the sense that they have made a special contribution or are particularly representative. Each chapter highlights the relevance of the case for the development of neuropsychology, describes the particular features of the case that are interesting and rare, and discusses the theoretical implications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863773969
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
List of Contributors
1 Classic Cases: Ancient and Modern Milestones in the Development of Neuropsychological Science 1
2 Wernicke's (1903) Case of Pure Agraphia: An Enigma for Classical Models of Written Language Processing 13
3 Charcot's Case of Impaired Imagery 31
4 A Case Reported by Serieux: The First Description of a "Primary Progressive Word Deafness"? 45
5 Nineteenth-century Accounts of the Nature of the Lexicon and Semantics: Riddle Posed by the Case of Johann Voit 53
6 Bodamer on Prosopagnosia 69
7 Poppelreuter's Case of Merk: The Analysis of Visual Disturbances Following a Gunshot Wound to the Brain 77
8 Wilbrand's Case of "Mind-blindness" 89
9 Liepmann (1900 and 1905): A Definition of Apraxia and a Model of Praxis 111
10 Balint-Holmes' Syndrome 123
11 Lewandowsky's Case of Object-Colour Agnosia 145
12 Monrad-Krohn's Foreign-accent Syndrome Case 159
13 Paterson and Zangwill's (1944) Case of Unilateral Neglect: Insights from 50 Years of Experimental Inquiry 173
14 G.R., The Prime "Deep Dyslexic": A Commentary on Marshall and Newcombe (1966) 189
15 W.L.P.: A Case for the Modularity of Language Function and Dementia 203
16 Warrington and Shallice's (1984) Category-specific Aphasic J.B.R. 217
17 Broca's First Two Cases: From Bumps on the Head to Cortical Convolutions 235
18 Phineas Gage: A Case for All Reasons 243
19 Anomaly in Relations of Hand, Language, and Brain: Crossed Aphasia in History Cross-examined 263
20 A Psychosurgical Chapter in the History of Cerebral Localisation: The Six Cases of Gottlieb Burckhardt (1891) 275
21 Akelaitis' Investigations of the First Split-brain Patients 305
22 Speech from the Isolated Right Hemisphere? Left Hemispherectomy Case E.C. and N.F. 319
23 H.M.: The Medial Temporal Lobes and Memory 337
24 Gail D. - Poizner, Klima, and Bellugi's (1987) Deaf Agrammatic Signer: Form and Function in the Specialisation of the Left Cerebral Hemisphere for Speech and Language 349
Postword: The Future of Neuropsychology - Deconstructing the Past 363
Cases Index 367
Name Index 369
Subject Index 381
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