STROKE by Douglas Ritchie


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This case history of an ""impatient patient"", a fifty year old Englishman who was severely incapacitated by a stroke in 1955, was begun- as therapy- and there is no question that it will also be helpful to others who face the demanding, and defeating, aftereffects of this illness- the months and years of immobilization and only faintly perceptible improvement. With complete paralysis of his right side, and loss of speech (only later did he realize the loss of memory which accompanies aphasia), Ritchie was a difficult and depressed patient during the first months of his illness, disregarding the gravity of his situation or the possible permanence of his condition. This accounts for the some three years of his partial rehabilitation; in a nursing home; at home with the steady attendance of his wife; and for 18 months at a rehabilitation center where he regained a partial control of his body and mind and adjusted to the more limited life he would lead. There is no self-pity here- but a strict respect for small details, and a presentation of many physical and psychological facts which will surely benefit others.

Publisher: Doubleday