Wernicke’s Contribution to the Study of Aphasia 1967

  • Norman Geschwind
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 16)


In this symposium we are honoring the memory of Kurt Goldstein. It is appropriate in this setting to discuss the contribution of Carl Wernicke to the study of aphasia, a field which concerned Goldstein throughout his life. Like Wernicke, Goldstein was born in a small town in Upper Silesia and received his medical education in Breslau, the provincial capital. During Goldstein’s period as a medical student, Wernicke held the chair of neurology and psychiatry in the medical school and it was from Wernicke that Goldstein first learned about aphasia. The influence of this period on Goldstein was great and I shall comment upon this later.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Geschwind
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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