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    Singing by speechless (Aphasic) children: Victorian medical observations

    Lorch, Marjorie and Greenblatt, S. (2015) Singing by speechless (Aphasic) children: Victorian medical observations. In: Altenmuller, E.O. and Finger, S. and Boller, F. (eds.) Music, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Historical Connections and Perspectives. Progress In Brain Research. New York, U.S.: Elsevier. ISBN 9780444633996.

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    In the second half of the 19th century, British clinicians made observations regarding the ability of individuals with impaired language abilities to sing or hum. One notable publication was of two cases of children briefly observed by John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911) (1871). These children were speechless but could produce some musical expression. Other such cases attracted the attention of Victorian clinicians who were actively pursuing theoretical questions regarding the organization of brain function and laterality. The presence of musical expression in children who failed to develop spoken language was seen as a notable symptom for early practitioners of pediatric neurology.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): 19th Century, Aphasia, Developmental Disorders, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children, Jackson (John Hughlings), Localization, National Hospital For Paralysis And Epilepsy, Singing, Speech, West (Charles)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 17:50
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:35


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