Remembrance of things past: Amnesic syndrome with partial preservation of professional skills

Geffen, Laurie and Geffen, Gina (2005) Remembrance of things past: Amnesic syndrome with partial preservation of professional skills. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 60 2: 129-134. doi:10.1080/00359190509520491


Author Geffen, Laurie
Geffen, Gina
Title Remembrance of things past: Amnesic syndrome with partial preservation of professional skills
Journal name Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0035-919X
2154-0098
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00359190509520491
Volume 60
Issue 2
Start page 129
End page 134
Total pages 6
Editor Abingdon, United Kingdom
Place of publication Cape Town, South Africa
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
380102 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language
730219 Behaviour and health
Abstract J.L., then a 25-year-old physiotherapist, became densely amnesic following herpes simplex encephalitis. She displayed severe retrograde amnesia, category-specific semantic memory loss, and a profound anterograde amnesia affecting both verbal and visual memory. Her working memory systems were relatively spared as were most of her cognitive problem-solving abilities, but her social functioning was grossly impaired. She was able to demonstrate several previously learned physiotherapy skills, but was unable to modify her application of these procedures in accordance with patient response. She showed no memory of theoretical or propositional knowledge, and could neither plan treatment or reason clinically. Three years later, J.L. had profound impairment of anterograde and retrograde declarative memory, with relative sparing of working memory for problem solving and long-term memory of procedural skills. The theoretical and practical implications of her amnesic syndrome are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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