Hermann Zingerle's "Impaired perception of the own body due to organic brain disorders" An introductory comment, and an abridged translation

Thomas Benke, Claudio Luzzatti, Giuseppe Vallar

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Abstract

In the late 1970's Edoardo Bisiach and his coworkers provided definitive evidence that spatial unilateral neglect involves a disorder of the internal representation of extra-personal space. A few years later Bisiach and Berti (1987) revived the so far neglected contribution of an Austrian neurologist, Hermann Zingerle (1913). Ninety years ago Zingerle had described the symptom-complex of two right-brain-damaged patients, who showed left hemisomatoagnosia, unawareness of left hemiplegia, and left motor neglect. In addition to the detailed case reports, Zingerle had put forward a unitary interpretation of these deficits in terms of a disordered representation of one side of the body (dyschiria). A unitary representational account of these unilateral impairments was conspicuously absent in the contemporary neurological literature (Anton, Pick, Babinski), and attracted Bisiach's interest. An abridged translation of Zingerle's paper is provided. The clinical case reports and Zingerle's conclusions are discussed, with reference both to Bisiach's views, and to present knowledge of unilateral spatial neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-274
Number of pages10
JournalCortex
Volume40
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Body schema
  • Dyschiria
  • Somatoparaphrenia
  • Spatial neglect
  • Spatial representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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