Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Brain of patient with motor aphasia.

Early on in life in his native France, at the tender age of 17 he started his monumental life as a prosector and he eventually became Secretary of the Societé-Anatomique. As a neurological clinician but also as a researcher, he wrote effusively- well over 500 presentations (none ever considered mediocre). A classic 900 page monograph on aneurysms came forth from his gifted pen and he even experimented with hypnotism on a series of surgical cases. Even with considerably opposition, he helped introduce the microscope in the diagnosis of cancer. But he is best known amongst so many other accomplishments for his contribution to neurology the concept of functional localization by cerebral convolution. And with his aged father looking on with silent admiration in a memorable meeting in 1862 he demonstrated the brain lesion of his first patient who had suffered from aphémie (renamed aphasia later by Armand Trousseau (1801-1867)). From this presentation and from other ongoing observations he concluded that the integrity of the left frontal convolution was responsible and necessary for articular speech (David Ferrier 1843-1928) is responsible for naming this region "Broca’s convolution- the motor speech area."

Chat, Talk and Skypecasts

Monday, January 29, 2007

aphasia group

aphasia group

Friday, January 26, 2007

Lost for words By Margaret Chrystall

leonard Bowden (32) who can’t speak uses a speech device to communicate. Pic: Ewen Weatherspoon.

Exactly a year ago, the life of the 32-year-old Inverness dad of four changed in a couple of seconds.

Suddenly, he couldn’t speak.

Leonard explains what happened with the help of his constant companion, his Lightwriter – a keyboard he can type words into and a computer voice speaks them out loud.

Last January on Friday the 13th – “lucky for some!”, Leonard writes – he suddenly found words failing him.

Talking on the phone to his mum in Florida, Leonard discovered in the middle of the conversation that he wasn’t able to get any more words out.

He could only make a noise – the same noise – again and again.

Distressed, he started to cry, then laugh, then he tried again to speak and made the same noise, finally managing to shout ‘Help!’ to his mum.

She was upset by what she was hearing, and told Leonard to phone the hospital.

But after a week-long stay in Raigmore Hospital for tests, Leonard was told he might be helped at hospital in Aberdeen. By the end of his time there, he could say some words, but three at a time was a struggle and they weren’t the ones he was trying to say in his head.

The hospital was by then suggesting he had had a small stroke, but there was no evidence of stroke damage.

He was sent back to Raigmore Hospital for speech therapy and tests at an Edinburgh hospital are still ongoing.

Leonard has aphasia which means he can’t communicate verbally.

But because of his ability to read and understand the spoken word, he is thought to have verbal apraxia – that means a difficulty planning the movements necessary for speech....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

St, Vincent Aphasia Group



aphasia- Troy

aphasia _Podmatic

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Babel"

Stroke Connection Magazine

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Adler Aphasia Center

thank you... Dorothy Ross

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

shameless (The art of disability)

Monday, January 15, 2007

House (TV series)-Failure to Communicate

Grandad's Book- Flickr

House (TV series)-Failure to Communicate

aphasia - flickr

Dorothy E. Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

I have been fascinated by aphasia ever since I met my first aphasia survivor After working for 10 years as an RN in neurological nursing, rehabilitation and home care, I made the transition to speech language pathologist. Since 2002 I have volunteered with an aphasia support group.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Monday, January 1, 2007

Six Feet Under - AVM

The Memory Hole - NY Times By DAVID SHENK

ONE hundred years ago today, a 42-year-old German psychiatrist and neuropathologist named Alois Alzheimer shocked colleagues with his description of one woman’s autopsied brain.
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Katherine Streeter

The woman was named Auguste Deter. Five years earlier, her husband had admitted her to Alzheimer’s psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt with a disturbing set of symptoms: memory trouble, aphasia (loss of the ability to use words), confusion, bursts of anger and paranoia. She had become a danger to herself in the kitchen and needed constant care.

Alzheimer found his new patient sitting on a bed with a helpless expression.

“What is your name?” he asked.

“Auguste,” she replied.

“Last name?”


“What is your husband’s name?”

“Auguste, I think.”

“How long have you been here?”

(She seems to be trying to remember, he wrote in his notes.)

“Three weeks.”


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