Sample Anthropology Coursework Paper on Aphasia


Aphasia is the partial or complete loss of language comprehension and speech as a result of brain damage in the central zones of language, like the temporal and frontal lobes. It could be deemed severe depending on the amount and location of the trauma though it is rare in children. With speech-language therapy, one could recover from the illness spontaneously (Aphasia).  The article focuses on the effects of aphasia on an individual which include; facial muscles weakening, swallowing problems, depression, and speech disorders. It affects individuals psychologically, financially and socially since losing the ability to interact inhibits isolation and a personal loss identity (Aphasia).

            The article changed my perception of Aphasia in general because it challenges my assumption that Aphasia only a physiological problem. This is an area that should be carefully understood both on social and physiological lines to help patients in future (Aphasia). Seeing that it could be caused by occurrences such as strokes and dementia, understanding some of the critical dynamics of communication, identity and language should be the spearheading factor (Parr, 2007). This knowledge could be helpful to someone in the future when dealing with aphasia patients through constant communication and help the patient feel that they are part of the society. Also, there is need to mobilize the community and medical experts towards the culture of aphasiology as a subject to critical and sustained scrutiny in future.

            In conclusion, the article gives proper details on the illness, health, and healing in a particular environment. It is important to note the emphasis put on the socio-environment contexts about patients social well-being (Parr, 2007). As much as the disease affects speech and other communication factors, with proper support one would be able to overcome these challenges with help. This, therefore, shows that it might not affect the mental life of an individual hence involvement in previous activities such as giving speeches.


               Parr, S. (2007). Living with severe aphasia: Tracking social exclusion. Aphasiology21(1), 98-123.

               Aphasia. Critical Medical Anthropology – medanth – Wikispaces, Retrieved from