Monday, February 26, 2007

Lives Entwined by War Enter a Long, Arduous Chapter: Recovery

Although officers in the unit to which he was assigned, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, initially thought he had lost his ability to speak, since undergoing the operations he has recovered a voice that is only slightly slurred.

“I’m doing a lot better than most people would expect,” he said by telephone from Hiram, Ga.............NEXT New York Times

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ralph Waldo Emerson and aphasia

On the 24th of July, 1872, Emerson's house burned, and the event precipitated a sharp downturn in his health. In the fall, he went abroad with his daughter Ellen, traveling to Europe and Egypt, and returned just after his seventieth birthday to a cheering crowd and a restored home. But his gentle decline into aphasia had begun. He died on April 27, 1882. Standing by his grave nine days later, Whitman, noted: "A just man, poised on himself, all-loving, all-inclosing, and sane and clear as the sun."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Marshall McLuhan and aphasia

Herbert Marshall McLuhan CC (July 21, 1911 - December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communications theorist. McLuhan's work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media ecology. McLuhan is well-known for coining the expressions "the medium is the message" and the "global village".

Perhaps the most celebrated English teacher of the twentieth century, McLuhan was a fixture in media discourse from the late 1960s to his death and he continues to be an influential and controversial figure. Years after his death he was named the "patron saint" of Wired magazine.NEXT.....

Marymount Manhattan and aphasia

Patient and doctors (aphasia) -music

Monday, February 12, 2007

"Cabin fever" New York Aphasia Group (2/12) :topics

is a condition that produces restlessness and irritability caused from being in a confined space.

The term possibly originated in the United States at the time when settlers would be snowed in to their log cabins and had to wait for the spring thaw in order to travel to town. Another possible source for this phrase could be that during an outbreak of some disease, people who had a fever were confined to a cabin as a quarantine. Most likely, the phrase may be associated with ocean-crossing sailing ships in which passengers had to endure weeks and months of slow travel while living in cramped cabins below deck.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms dates this phrase as late 1800s, and the Online Etymology Dictionary says it was first recorded in 1918.

Some fictional stories are based around this idea of a small group of people getting restless and irritable from being in a confined space, for example extended space missions (see Generation ships or the Dark Star film). One of the best-known stories about cabin fever is Stephen King's The Shining which involves a family of three trapped in an isolated resort in the dead of winter.

Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns also faced this problem while locked in a cabin on an episode of The Simpsons, entitled Mountain of Madness.

Psychologists claim that the principles which apply to cabin fever also apply to workplace bullying. The causes and settings are similar: a group of people forced together by circumstances for long periods of time.

Some people say that the British Admiral Lord Nelson suffered from Cabin Fever and thus on the ship HMS Victory, he had an enormous cabin built to settle this confined disorder.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Patience and stroke (meetup)

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Movie Educates Viewers About Stroke Symptoms

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

rebuilding and brain

Monday, February 5, 2007

Five Paths to Understanding

6 Lessons for Handling Stress

Time Travel in the Brain

How The Brain Rewires Itself

The Mystery of Consciousness

The Gift Of Mimicry

The New Map Of The Brain


The links that are emerging between movement and meaning have inspired some scientists to see the mirror-neuron system as the biological foundation on which human language is constructed. Such speculation is supported indirectly by the fact that Broca's area--a critical language center in the left hemisphere of the human brain--appears to be a close analogue of the premotor mirror region in monkeys. Broca's area, it turns out, is important for sign language as well as spoken language, and its connection to the mirror system has led Rizzolatti and U.S.C. neuroscientist Michael Arbib to propose that language traces its roots to hand gestures and facial expressions that, over time, became increasingly complex.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

TIME Magazine (full entire)