The Man Who Lost His Language: A Case of Aphasia

The Man Who Lost His Language: A Case of Aphasia


By (author) Sheila Hale


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  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 20mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843105640
  • ISBN 13: 9781843105640
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 41 ill.
  • Sales rank: 486,064

Product description

"The Man who Lost His Language" is a compelling exploration of aphasia - the loss of language - as well as of the resilience of love. When Sir John Hale suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk, write or speak, his wife, Shelia, followed every available medical trail seeking knowledge of his condition and how he might be restored to health. Bringing the story up to date, this revised edition includes additional information about updates in science and medicine since the first edition was published. This personal account of one couple's experiences will be of interest to all those who want to know more about aphasia and related conditions.

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Author information

Sheila Hale is a distinguished travel writer and journalist. She has written articles for The New York Times, the Observer, The Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

Review quote

"'One of the most remarkable additions to the literature of illness in our time.' - The Times 'A luminous biographical memoir and an enthralling testament of love.' - The Independent 'A moving insight into the redemption of a great man.' - The Observer 'I was left moved by this subtle, engaging and devoted memoir.' - The Times Literary Supplement"

Table of contents

Contents: Acknowledgements. 1. John. Part I: The Stroke. 2. The Accident. 3. Hell. 4. The Geriatric Ward. 5. The Royal Star & Garter. 6. Vermeer. Part II: Aphasia. 7. The Varieties of Aphasia. 8. Silent in Sadness. 9. Aphasia Today. 10. The Chances of Recovery. 11. The Search for a Cure. 12. A Voyage of Exploration. Part III: John's Aphasia. 13. Cambridge. 14. John's Days. 15. Myths and Metaphors. 16. John's Voice. 17. Hope. Afterword. Postscript to the Revised Edition. Useful Addresses. Notes. Bibliography.