Number 5

Spring 1998


In Memory of Dr. Matthews

Dr. Charles G. Matthews died on April 19, 1998. Dr. Matthews was an exceptional Clinical Neuropsychologist in North America, but his influence extended to the world community of neuropsychologists. He was a noted clinician, educator, researcher, and leader. He was president of INS from 1991-1992. The INS International Liaison Committee and this newsletter are a direct result of his leadership. His 1992 presidential address challenged the INS officers and membership to expand their boundaries to encompass the entire world community of neuro-clinicians and researchers. We are saddened at his passing and will miss him. We thank him for being such an inspiring colleague and friend.

It is recommended that we mindfully read Dr. Matthews 1992 address and reconsider his challenges. We can honor him by keeping his vision alive and supporting these international projects.

Mattliews, C.G. (1992). Truth in labeling: Are we really an international society? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 13(3)418-426.

Neuropsychology in Poland

By Krzysztof Jodzio,Ph.D.

University of Gdansk

Institute of Psychology

Pomorska St. 68

80-343 Gdafisk, Poland

In June during the INS 20th Annual Mid-Year Meeting in Bergen, Norway, Dr Artiola asked me to prepare a brief review of the past and current status of neuropsychology in Poland. I found her request an excellent opportunity to publish in INSNET some details which will help you better understand neuropsychology in Central and Eastern Europe.

Neuropsychology in Poland has its roots in psychology as well as in neurology and neurosurgery. This origin had an important effect upon the gradual development of this new scientific field in our country. The first systematically described case studies of disorders of the "higher nervous functions" and critical reviews were the result of the collaboration between behaviorally oriented neurosurgeons and clinical - psychologists. Since the early sixties Professor Klimkowski (Luria et al., 1967) and Professor Maruszewski (for review, see Maruszewski, 1970) have published several articles concerning cognitive disturbances after focal brain injury. Their research has concentrated upon two major areas: Language deficits (especially aphasia) and memory. Both authors cooperated closely with Dr. Alexander Luria and disseminated in Poland his model of higher cortical brain functions. Close ties with Russian neuroscientists popularized a clinical experimental approach in the assessment and the management of neurological patients. During this era, many clinicians received training at Lomonosov University in Moscow and learned Luria's approach. Luria's theory is the basis of neuropsychological rehabilitation programs and treatment strategies which focus upon reorganization, reintegration, or compensation of brain functions. In most part the therapy focuses upon language deficits, because a large portion of the patients seen in neurological settings suffer from aphasia. Psychologists are usually involved in the treatment of aphasia because there is a lack