The experience of Wernicke's aphasia

Academic Article


  • The authors induced a transient Wernicke's aphasia in a patient with left frontal arteriovenous malformation by superselective Wada injection exclusively into the lower division of the left middle cerebral artery. The patient was then asked to recall his experience, which the authors matched against his language during anesthesia. The patient's account showed that there was a more systematic attempt to respond appropriately than the authors could infer from his overt behavior. His narrative suggests that a thought process not measured by aphasia examinations may exist independent of language.
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    Published In

  • Neurology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Lazar RM; Marshall RS; Prell GD; Pile-Spellman J
  • Start Page

  • 1222
  • End Page

  • 1224
  • Volume

  • 55
  • Issue

  • 8