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Can Psychiatr Assoc J. 1975 Aug;20(5):333-6.

Amnesia following severe head injury.


This report concerns some aspects of the problem of establishing valid and reliable criteria for post-traumatic amnesia, and of relating this to other cognitive functions in the post-injury period. Of specific interest are the variability of the duration of retrograde and anterograde amnesia on attempts at repeated assessment, and the relationship between the time of return of full orientation and the end of the period of anterograde amnesia. A prospective study was undertaken of sixty consecutive patients who had suffered severe head injuries and had been admitted to the neurosurgical service of the Winnipeg General Hospital. The object of this study was to obtain information regarding organic, psychological and social indices of the future clinical course.

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