Exploring the History of Neuropsychology: Selected Papers

Hardcover | September 15, 2000

byArthur BentonIntroduction byKenneth M. Adams

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Arthur Benton has long been recognized as a distinguished researcher, an influential educator, and a gifted writer. Early in his career, he was struck by the extreme divergence in the acceptance and usage of concepts and terms such as "agnosia," "amnesic aphasia," and "apraxia" by leadingfigures in the then young field of neuropsychology/behavioral neurology. This prompted him to explore the literature of 19th century neurology and led to an abiding interest in the historical background of current developments, which often proved to be the outgrowth of earlier formulations. In thiscollection of his historical papers, he traces the evolution of thought and practice in diverse areas of neuropsychology and behavioral neurology. He captures the setting in which observations and discoveries were made and shows how the limited knowledge of basic neuroscience that prevailed at thetime influenced their interpretation. He emphasizes the interplay of clinical and experimental approaches in advancing understanding of brain-behavior relationships and clarifies the connections between past and present knowledge. Some of the essays are systematic accounts of developments in thebroad discipline of neuropsychology while others deal with individual clinicians and scientists whose contributions are now components of current knowledge. Among the topics covered are the frontal lobes, developmental dyslexia, disorders of spatial thought in patients with brain disease and therole of cerebrovascular disease in the history of aphasiology.

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Arthur Benton has long been recognized as a distinguished researcher, an influential educator, and a gifted writer. Early in his career, he was struck by the extreme divergence in the acceptance and usage of concepts and terms such as "agnosia," "amnesic aphasia," and "apraxia" by leadingfigures in the then young field of neuropsycholo...

Arthur L. Benton is at University of Iowa, Emeritus.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: Evolution of the Discipline1. Neuropsychology: past, present, and future (1988)2. Four neuropsychologists (1994)3. The fate of some neuropsychological concepts: A historical inquiry (1990)4. The prefrontal region: Its early history5. Cerebrovascular disease in the history of neuropsychology6. Spatial thinking in neurological patients: Historical aspectsPART II: The Aphasic Disorders7. Early descriptions of aphasia8. Aphasia: 1800-1860 (1964)9. The memoir of Marc Dax on aphasia (1965)10. Johann A.P. Gesner on aphasia (1965)11. Bergson and Freud on aphasia: A comparison (1988)12. Pitres and amnesic aphasiaPART III: Methodology and Assessment13. The interplay of experimental and clinical approaches in brain lesion research (1978)14. Basic approaches to neuropsychological assessment (1991)15. The amusias (1977)16. Clinical neuropsychology: 1960-1990 (1992)PART IV: Hemispheric Cerebral Dominance17. The "minor" hemisphere (1972)18. Hemispheric cerebral dominance before Broca (1984)19. The Hecaen-Zangwill legacy: Hemispheric dominance examined (1991)PART V: Pediatric Neuropsychology20. Dyslexia: Evolution of a concept (1980)21. Developmental neuropsychology: Its present state (1992)

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"We know that Benton, the scholar, is an accurate, sometimes punctilious investigator of first-hand sources, endowed with a keen attention to the subtle interplay between influences both within our field and across different disciplines. But Benton, the writer, manages to unfold his storywith an unusual gift for clarity and simplification, and with a serene and firm judgement that, at its best, is reminiscent of the justesse" of the classic essayists."--Cortex2001