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Classic Cases in Neuropsychology

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

© 1996 – Psychology Press

416 pages

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The importance of detailed examination and theoretical interpretation of the single case has been increasingly recognized 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 single cases covered may be ancient or modern, famous or less well-known. 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. Each chapter highlights the relevance of the case for the development of neuropsychology, describes the particular features of the case that are interesting and discusses the theoretical implications.


This is a broad and fascinating collection of chapters which reveal (sometimes for the first time in English) early neuropsychological attempts to make sense of what still remain some of the most striking behavioural consequences of brain damage. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together some of the leading specialists when covering the wide range of topics chosen. The book I suspect will have considerable appeal to a wide range of professional researchers, graduate students of neuroscience, teachers, therapists and clinicians. - Peter W. Halligan (University of Oxford)

Table of Contents

C. Code, Classic Cases: Ancient and Modern Milestones in the Development of Neuropsychological Science. Part 1. Function and Structure. R. de Bleser, Wernicke's (1903) Case of Pure Agraphia: An Enigma for Classical Models of Written Language Processing. A.W. Young, C. van de Wal, Charcot's Case of Impaired Imagery. M. Ceccaldi, C. Soubrouillard, M. Poncet, A.R. Lecours, A Case Reported by Serieux: The First Description of a "Primary Progressive Word Deafness?" C. Bartels, C-W. Wallesch, 19th Century Accounts of the Nature of the Lexicon and Semantics: Riddles Posed by the Case of Johann Voit. H.D. Ellis, Bodamer's Cases of Prosopagnosia. G.W. Humphreys, M.J. Riddoch, C-W. Wallesch, Poppelreuter's Case of Merk: Neglect and Visual Disturbance Following a Gunshot Wound. M. Solms, K. Kaplan-Solms, J.W. Brown, Wilbrand's Case of 'Mind-Blindness'. L.J. Gonzales Rothi, K.M. Heilman, Liepmann (1900 & 1905): A Definition of Apraxia and a Model of Praxis. E. De Renzi, Balint-Holmes' Syndrome. J. Davidoff, Lewandowsky's Case of Object-Colour Agnosia. I. Moen, Monrad-Krohn's 'Foreign Accent' Syndrome Case. J.B. Mattingly, Paterson and Zangwill's Case of Unilateral Neglect: Insights from 50 Years of Experimental Inquiry. C. Barry, G.R.: The Prime "Deep Dyslexic". E. Funnell, WLP: A Case for the Modularity of Language Function and Dementia. R. Carlo Semenza, P. Bisiacchi, Warrington & Shallice's (1984) Category-Specific Aphasic J.B.R. Part 2. Structure and Function. J. Ryalls, A.R. Lecours, Broca's First Two Cases: From Bumps on the Head to Cortical Convolutions. M. Macmillan, Phineas Gage: A Case for all Reasons. A. Schweiger, Anomaly in Relations of Hand, Language and Brain: Crossed Aphasia in History Cross Examined. Bramwell's (1899) Case of Crossed Aphasia. H.A. Whitaker, B. Stemmer, Y. Joanette, A Psychosurgical Chapter in the History of Cerebral Localisation: The Six Cases of Gottlieb Burckhardt (1891). H.C. Sauerwein, M. Lassonde, Akelaitis' Investigations of the First Split-Brain Patients. C. Code, Speech from the Isolated Right Hemisphere? Left Hemispherectomy Cases E.C. & N.F. A.J. Parkin, H.M.: The Medial Temporal Lobes and Memory. J. Bradshaw, Gail D: Poizner, Klima & Bellugi's (1987) Deaf Agrammatic Signer: Form and Function in the Specialisation of the Left Cerebral Hemisphere for Speech and Language. J.C. Marshall, Postword.

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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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