Discovery of Apraxia

Eliasz Engelhardt


Skilled movements certainly exist since the dawn of the humans, embedded in the actions of daily living, and also represented by tools and weapons making and use, as well as by artistic activities as drawing and engraving. A very long period of time elapsed until such actions were recognized as special, and the designation ‘praxis’ was attributed to such ability of produce refined movements. Another long time passed, and only recently disturbances of such actions caused by brain lesions were identified, leading to the concept of ‘apraxia’. Studies on this subject progressed quickly, and in a few decades reached the state resembling to what is seen nowadays.



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