Re: Broca's Brain Was: Any thoughts?

Chris Braiotta (cbraiott@NETOPE.HARVARD.EDU)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 13:02:03 -0400

On Thu, 1 Aug 1996, Adrienne Dearmas wrote:

> In a message dated 96-07-29 07:11:23 EDT, mason@CIE.FR (Timothy Mason)
> writes:
> > It is now
> > preserved in the Musie de l'Homme - just above Paul Broca's brain.
> I know this is off subject...
> Who was Paul Broca and why does the phrase "Broca's Brain" come so easily to
> me? (Who knew Alzheimers could come so early?)
> - Adrienne

Could it be Broca of "Broca's Aphasia?" That's one of the speech defects
that occurs when someone has a stroke in the proper part of the brain.
It's direct opposite is Wernicke's aphasia. One of them makes it so that
the speaker can think of words to use, but can't use proper syntax, and
the other causes the speaker to speak with good syntax, but improper word
choice. I forget which one is which.

Is Broca the man who discovered it, or the first famous case?

Chris Braiotta