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Classic Cases in Neuropsychology, Volume II

1st Edition

Edited by Chris Code, Yves Joanette, Andre Roch Lecours, Claus-W. Wallesch

Psychology Press

384 pages

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From a contemporary perspective, Classic Cases in Neuropsychology, Volume II reviews important and significant cases described in historical and modern literature where brain damage has been sustained. The single case study has always been of central importance to the discipline of neuropsychology. Cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neurolinguistics search for universal structures in thought processes, and single patients are an important means to that end. The role of the single case study in the historical development of the field and its increasing contribution to contemporary work is therefore recognised as crucial.

This follow-up to the successful Classic Cases in Neuropsychology (1996) brings together more of the important case investigations which have shaped the way we think about the relationships between brain, behaviour and cognition. The book includes cases from the rich history of neuropsychology as well as important contemporary case studies in the fields of memory, language and perception. Some of the cases described are rare, some are seminal in the field, many were the first of their type to be described and gave rise to new theories, and some are still controversial. As in the first volume, each chapter highlights the relevance of the case to the development of neuropsychology and discusses the theoretical implication of the findings.

Classic Cases in Neuropsychology, Volume II will be essential reading for students and researchers alike in the fields of neuropsychology and neuroscience. It will also be of interest to speech and language pathologists, therapists and clinicians in this area.


This book presents significant cases in neuropsychology, some over a century old, which have impacted our understanding of brain damage and its effects. It is a follow-up to the first volume, published in 1996. These books help us understand the relationship between brain functioning and behaviour a little better. Since these are classic cases, our learning is enhanced because important principles were established as mysteries were explored and understood. The purpose is to include classic cases in neuropsychology which have made a significant impact in the scientific community and still have relevance today. These are worthy objectives that the book meets. - Gary B. Kaniuk, Cermak Health Services, in Doody's Review

The book makes an excellent partner to Classic Cases in Neuropsychology … I would recommend both volumes to undergraduates on neuropsychology courses and to colleagues with a practical, intellectual or historical interest in neuropsychology and the discipline's most familiar method of study. - G. Neil Martin, Middlesex University

Table of Contents

Preface. B. Butterworth, Windows on the Mind. Part 1. Language, Calculation, Memory. C.W. Wallesch, M. Hermann, C. Bartels, Wernicke's Cases of Conduction Aphasia. N. Martin, PV and JB: Two Cognitive Neuropsychological Studies of Phonological STM Impairment and Their Impact on Theories of Language and Memory. L. Girelli, Singer and Low's Case of Acalculia: Foresight of Modern Theories on Number Processing. J.R. Hanley, J. Kay, Monsieur C: Dejerine's Case of Alexia without Agraphia. C. Bartels, C.W. Wallesch, Deep Dyslexia: The Case of Frau Fretz (Wolff, 1903). D. Caplan, Caramazza and Zurif's (1976) Studies of Aphasic Patients with Syntactic Comprehension Deficits. A. Parkin, Low-velocity Intra-nasal Penetrating Head Injury: Case NA. C. Code, Y. Joanette, The Control of Speech in the Adult Brain: The Disconnected Right Hemispheres of PS, VP, and JW. B.L.J. Kaczmarek, C. Code, C.W. Wallesch, The Fractionation of Mental Life: Luria's Study of Lieutenant Zasetsky. Part 2. Perception, Identification, Consciousness. G. Vallar, C. Papagno, Pierre Bonnier's (1905) Cases of Bodily 'Aschematie'. C. Papagno, G. Vallar, Anosognosia for Left Hemiplegia: Babinski's (1914) Cases. S. Ferber, H.O. Karnath, Friedrich Best's Case Z with Misidentification of Object Orientation. E.M.E. Forde, C.W. Wallesch, 'Mind-blind for Blindness': A Psychological Review of Anton's Syndrome. C. Semenza, M. Delazer, Pick's Case Studies on Body Representation (1908, 1915, 1922): A Retrospective Assessment. H.D. Ellis, Delusional Misidentifications: History and Contemporary Theory. J.C. Marshall, P.W. Halligan, Whoever Would Have Imagined It? Bisiach & Luzzatti (1978) on Representational Neglect in Patients IG and NV. G. Goldenberg, Goldstein & Gelb's Case Schn.: A Classic Case in Neuropsychology? N. Georgiou-Karistianis, J.L. Bradshaw, The Case Studies of Gilles de la Tourette. L. Mottron, E. Limoges, P. Jelenic, Can a Cognitive Deficit Elicit an Exceptional Ability? A Case of Savant Syndrome in Drawing Abilities: Nadia. Case Index. Author Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.

We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.

Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.

Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.

The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.

These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.

The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology