Loss of the ability to recall information that had been previously encoded in memory prior to a specified or approximate point in time. This process may be organic or psychogenic in origin. Organic forms may be associated with craniocerebral trauma; CEREBROVASCULAR accidents; seizures; dementia; and a wide variety of other conditions that impair cerebral function. (From Adams et al., Principles of neurology, 6th ed, pp426-9)

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