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I am a native speaker of English, but I am also fluent in Spanish. I have learned it in classes, and have begun to speak it fluently as I interact with coworkers and watch movies in Spanish.

I gave you that background to ask this question: If I were to have retrograde amnesia, would I forget Spanish? Could I forget English? Would I still understand Spanish if someone spoke it to me?

Just one of those questions I've always wondered. Thanks.

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Hello, Mr. Carter
If retrograde amnesia was active in the period of language learning (either English, or Spanish, or whatever), you would definetely loose most of your language skills.
Hope you will avoid such cruicial changes in your life.

Alexander Moskvin, MD, Ph.D. Science Shief of Social Stress Clinic/Infoecology Research Institute, Moscow-Russia
institute@infoecology.ru

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Alexander Moskvin

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You could ask me any question connected with psychosomatic medicine, social informational stress, non-chemical addictions, media and digital technologies influence on psychoemotional and physical well-being, status of psychotherapy and addictology medical help in Russia, Moscow.

Experience

Clinical practice experience in Russia for over 22 years, more than 40 scientific papers, 2 patents for inventions.

Organizations
The head and the founder of The Infoecology Research Institute/ Social Stress Clinic. The Infoecology Institute is a private research clinical center. It is the key Russian clinic, dealing with the problems of social and informational stress.

Publications
More than 30 scientific papers dedicated to the problem of informational stress and human factor in medicine.

Education/Credentials
MD, PhD, neurophysiology, psychotherapy, defended the thesis on urgent medicine risks associated with the personality of surgeons and intensivists.

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MD, PhD

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Social stress disorders, psychosomatic deseases,chronic painful syndromes, non-chemical addictions etc.

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