One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inability to write, as a language disorder resulting from brain damage.
- ‘We reported a case of an 86-year old woman with pure agraphia due to the left parietal lobe infarction.’
- ‘Eight patients with acquired agraphia were studied using the same writing tests and were compared with normal and brain-damaged controls.’
- ‘A clinical diagnosis of alexia without agraphia was made and the patient was subjected to routine investigations.’
- ‘The pure syndrome of alexia without agraphia is best viewed as a ‘linguistic blindfold’.’
- ‘Gerstmann's syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by four primary symptoms: a writing disability (agraphia or dysgraphia), a lack of understanding of the rules for calculation or arithmetic (acalculia or dyscalculia), an inability to distinguish right from left, and an inability to identify fingers (finger agnosia).’
Mid 19th century: from a- ‘without’ + Greek -graphia ‘writing’.
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