The Aphasic

  • Hannah ProctorEmail author
Part of the Mental Health in Historical Perspective book series (MHHP)


Luria’s case history The Man with a Shattered World tells the story of Zasetsky who had fought for the Red Army in the Second World War and survived a bullet wound to his head. Against recent readings of the case history offered by the philosopher Catherine Malabou, this chapter considers the formal qualities of Luria’s ‘neurological novel’ and proposes that its self-consciously literary style allowed Luria to present the cognitive condition of his wounded patient in all its complexity without abandoning a commitment to rehabilitation. Although he was dedicated to helping his patient heal, Luria accepted that full recovery was impossible and thus attempted to ameliorate rather than overcome or deny psychic disorderliness or ongoing suffering.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Social History of Health and HealthcareUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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