Language and speech recovery in a case of viral encephalitis

Robert C. Marshall

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The speech and language recovery course of a 47-year-old man with viral encephalitis is described. Over a 3-month period, the patient was evaluated six times using the same selected battery of tests. Results show that viral encephalitis can deleteriously affect communicative performance and that improvement in medical status is accompanied by rapid and dramatic gains on most standard speech and language measures. For this case changes appeared related to improved auditory attention and retention, increased efficiency in word retrieval, and improved mental status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1982

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Research and Development Committee of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. The author is indebted to Sandra Neuberger for her assistance in collection of the data and to John W. Ehrfurth and Diane Howieson for completing the neuropsychological examination of the patient. Requests for reprints may be sent to Robert C. Marshall, V. A. Medical Center (126), 3710 SW. U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97201.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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