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Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2007 Oct-Dec;21(4):S12-3.

The uniqueness of Gogi aphasia owing to temporal lobar atrophy.

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  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Neuroscience, Ehime University, Graduate School of Medicine, Shitsukawa, Toon-shi, Ehime, Japan.


In Japan, a syndrome in which the semantic memory for words is impaired, in the presence of preserved phonological and syntactic aspects of language, is called Gogi (for the Japanese term meaning "word meaning") aphasia. In this brief historical report, Gogi aphasia is described and compared with the corresponding disorder called semantic dementia.

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