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date: 12 August 2020

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In 1929, eminent Philadelphia neurologist Theodore Weisenburg invited Bryn Mawr College psychology graduate student Katharine McBride to join him in a funded, multi-year study of the assessment and empirical classification of aphasia. The result was their co-authored 1935 book Aphasia: A Clinical and Psychological Study, a novel work that advanced an essentially equal weighting of standardized psychological testing alongside the clinical neurological examination. “Orphaned” by the death of Weisenburg and a career change by McBride, Aphasia would nonetheless become a significant and influential anchor point to the subsequent development of aphasia batteries, albeit one that would remain in stagnancy as a product of 1929–1935. A pioneer, it can be argued that McBride was one of the best neuropsychologists we never had. Her subsequent career in higher education attests to what we missed by not having her within our profession.

Keywords: aphasia, Katharine McBride, Theodore Weisenburg, Bryn Mawr College, assessment, psychological testing, Philadelphia

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