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December 15, 1989


Author Affiliations

University of North Dakota School of Medicine Grand Forks

University of North Dakota School of Medicine Grand Forks

JAMA. 1989;262(23):3270. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430230042015

To the Editor.—  The recent report on dyslexia by the Council on Scientific Affairs1 suggests that treatment of persons with dyslexia has outpaced research in etiology and classification. In response to the suggestion that research strategies in those latter areas need modification, we suggest the following strategies: (1) Have the National Institutes of Health fund identification of a core group of persons with dyslexia. These would be identified based on an agreed on set of diagnostic criteria. Each of these persons and their families would then be given an extensive battery of tests, both neuropsychological and biologic. A more effective nomenclature that would identify these individuals by positive and negative findings with less reliance on exclusionary criteria could be developed. (2) After the data (both biologic and neuropsychological) have been collected and analyzed and a syndromal classification system has been proposed by the initial study group, the National Institutes