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Lost words : narratives of language and the brain, 1825-1926

Author: L S Jacyna
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
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In the mid-nineteenth century, physicians observed numerous cases in which individuals lost the ability to form spoken words, even as they remained sane and healthy in most other ways. By studying this condition, which came to be known as "aphasia," neurologists were able to show that functions of mind were rooted in localized areas of the brain. Here L.S. Jacyna analyzes medical writings on aphasia to illuminate  Read more...
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Jacyna, L.S.
Lost words.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000
(DLC) 99089724
(OCoLC)43207338
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: L S Jacyna
ISBN: 9781400831180 1400831180
OCLC Number: 496285985
Description: 1 online resource (241 pages) : illustrations
Contents: LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vii ACKNOWLEDMENTS ix Introduction 3 The Historiography of Aphasia 12 Chapter One Construing Silence 22 Talking to Your Self; Talking to Other Selves 25 Lordat's Philosophy Medicine 32 Medicine as Science 36 Losing the Self 38 Legislating for Speech 44 Conclusion 48 Chapter Two "The Word Turned Upside Dawn" 53 Word, Reason, Power 54 Materializing the Word 62 The Grotesque Symposium 66 Conclusion 76 Chapter Three The Discourse of Aphasia 81 Building an Archive 84 The Classificatory Imperative 94 Disciplinary Designs 96 Narrative Devices 103 Case Law 114 Conclusion 117 Chapter Four John Hughlings Jackson and the Predicament of the "Speechless Man" 123 Jackson's Way of Writing 126 The Duality of Mind 130 Word, Will and Power 132 The Predicament of the Speechless Man 137 Conclusion 142 Chapter Five Head Wounds 146 Aphasia: Befeore and After 148 Finding the Ideal Patient 150 Technologies of Inquiry 157 The Varieties of Aphasia 161 Constructing Pathology 162 Conclusion 167 Chapter Six Dissonant Voices 171 Freud's Zur Auffasung der Aphasien 174 Marie's Travaux et Memories 181 Bergen's Matter of Memory 194 Chapter Seven Making Good 204 Heroic Measures 207 Talking Cures 214 Conclusion 222 Conclusion 231 Index 239
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Analyzes medical writings on aphasia to illuminate scientific discourse on the relations between language and the brain, from the beginnings of this discussion through World War I. This book reveals  Read more...

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