Luria's Legacy in the 21st Century
In this context the first chapter concentrates on Luria's theories and his work in science, stressing individuality and variability. In his diagnostic methods two issues are emphasized: (1) the concept of function, considered as complex functional systems, not localized, but distributed as networks across broader areas of the brain, and (2) the right technique for the careful analysis of these networks, since each local lesion of the cortex results in a very specific type of disturbance. It is suggested that the application of these principles to the examination of the brain injured patient will lead not only to a more precise and early diagnosis but at the same time provide the possibility for a careful planning of the most effective treatment procedure and planning of rehabilitation.
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