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Laterality and rehabilitation: differences in left and right hand productions in aphasic agraphic hemiplegics

Lorch, Marjorie P. (1995) Laterality and rehabilitation: differences in left and right hand productions in aphasic agraphic hemiplegics. Aphasiology 9 (3), pp. 257-271. ISSN 0268-7038.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02687039508248199

Abstract

The typical picture of a patient suffering from a left hemisphere cerebral vascular accident (CVA) is that of an aphasic with a right hemiplegia. In such patients the impairment in speech is generally mirrored in written production (Basso et al. 1978). By necessity this agraphia is demonstrated in the left, non-dominant, non-paralysed hand. Due to the concomitant hemiplegia, writing is not normally examined in the dominant right hand. (This situation also holds for praxis.) This raises an important question: in patients with right hemiplegia, could it be demonstrated that the writing disturbance reflects a unilateral left agraphia? In other words, could the dominant, paralysed hand produce written language better than the non-dominant but unparalysed left hand?

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 10:17
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4152

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