Hellal, Paula and Lorch, Marjorie P. (2005) Charles West: a 19th century perspective on acquired childhood aphasia. Journal of Neurolinguistics 18 (4), pp. 345-360. ISSN 0911-6044.
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Dr Charles West was the founder (1852) of the first paediatric hospital in the English-speaking world. In a career spanning four decades, he devoted a great part of his energies to describing the nervous diseases of infants and children. In 1871, West published a series of lectures which focused uniquely on the developmental and acquired language and mental disorders of children. West's clinical experience indicated that acquired aphasia was almost always a transitory condition in children. However, there was one exceptional case which West followed for over 3 years. It represents the youngest case of persistent aphasia described in the modern English medical literature. West's writings reflect a significant early attempt to document and categorise language loss and disturbance in children. In this paper, we detail West's innovations in the description, assessment and treatment of child language disorders.
|School or Research Centre:||Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication|
|Date Deposited:||01 Mar 2006|
|Last Modified:||17 Apr 2013 12:32|
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