November 1971

Minimal Brain Dysfunction in Children.

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Buffalo, NY


By Paul H Wender, MD. Price, $10.50. Pp 242. John Wiley & Sons Inc, 605 3rd Ave, New York 10016, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(5):461. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110050131025

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A favorable review—and this book indeed deserves a very favorable one—is, I imagine, written with those in mind whom one expects will read the book in any case, at least after reading the review, and preferably after buying the book!

Recently it has become rather fashionable for certain pundits to decry the use of such descriptive diagnostic labels as "minimal brain dysfunction" (MBD), let alone "minimal brain damage," as applied to certain children with various types of developmental, behavioral, and learning problems. They claim these terms lack scientific justification. Frankly, as a practicing pediatrician, specializing in neurodevelopment, I could not care less. While I absolutely agree that our knowledge of the basic neurophysiologic and neuropathologic mechanisms underlying these disorders is woefully meager, these children are with us now, and demand our care—now.

This exhaustive monograph tells us how we may go about the business of identifying such children and having

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