May 31, 1976

The Hyperactive Child With Minimal Brain Dysfunction: Questions and Answers

Author Affiliations

Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis


by J. Gordon Millichap, 169 pp, with illus, Chicago, Year Book, 1975.

JAMA. 1976;235(22):2435. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260480053041

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Presumably based on questions asked by the nonspecialist, parent, teacher, and student, this book is offered to these groups as a helpful guide to what Dr. Millichap seems to assume is an entity. The author denies this quite specifically, but that is, nevertheless, the flavor of the book. I am concerned that the audience it is written for will carry away that conviction.

There is much useful information, perhaps too much, that in less well-informed and experienced hands than the author's may well lead to a reader becoming an instant expert in neurologic and psychological diagnosis, to say nothing of drug therapy. The sections on epilepsy and its treatment, electroencephalography, cerebral palsy, psychopharmacology, and the neurological examination are too detailed for a book of this sort. They are much too simplistic for the more informed and sophisticated reader.

The present reviewer has difficulty in recommending the book to the professional