The Clinical Aspects of Memory Disorders

Contributions from Experimental Studies of Amnesia and Dementia
  • Nelson Butters


It is well known to even fledgling clinical neuropsychologists that memory disorders are ubiquitous after brain damage and that standardized tests exist for documenting the presence and severity of these memory deficits. Severe impairments in the learning of new information and in the recall of public and personal events from the remote past occur after head trauma, long-term alcohol abuse, strokes, encephalitis, bilateral ECT, and as an early sign of progressive dementing illnesses. Tests such as the Wechsler Memory Scale and the Benton Visual Retention have proven valuable, but not perfect, tools for the assessment of these problems.


Normal Control Subject Retrograde Amnesia Remote Memory Repeated Word Amnesic Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nelson Butters
    • 1
  1. 1.San Diego Veterans Administration Medical CenterLa JollaUSA

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