J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 37:489-501 doi:10.1136/jnnp.37.5.489
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The anatomical basis of prosopagnosia

  1. J. C. Meadows1
  1. Aphasia Unit, Boston V.A. Hospital, Boston, U.S.A.
  2. National Hospital, Queen Square, London


      Evidence is presented that patients with prosopagnosia have right anterior inferior occipital lesions in the region of the occipital temporal junction. Many if not all cases have an additional lesion in the left hemisphere; this is often but apparently not always symmetrical with the right hemisphere lesion. This evidence is discussed in relation to the anatomical connections of these regions and the results of experiments in animals.


      • 1 Present address: The National Hospital, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG.