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Cognitive Problems Following Stroke.
Wilson, B.A.
London: Chest, Heart and Stroke Association.
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This booklet is written for stroke patients and their relatives. Besides the obviously visible effects of stroke, such as paralysis, weakness or loss of speech, there are often less obvious effects, and among these are what we call the cognitive problems. Cognition is a word which covers the mental processes involved in using language, knowing, learning, understanding, perceiving, attending, remembering, awareness, judgement, attitudes and so on. Cognitive problems arise when one or more of these processes are impaired by stroke and fail to work normally. A number of these problems are discussed in this booklet to enable carers to learn to recognise them and consequently be able to help the stroke person who suffers from them to try to ensure that the right treatment is given where necessary.