December 1973

Minimal Cerebral Dysfunction in Children.

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Chevy Chase, Md


Edited by Stanley Walzer, MD, Peter H Wolff, MD. Price, $7.50. Pp 117. Grune & Stratton Inc, 381 Fourth Ave, New York 10016, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(6):862. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190704037

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The editors of this collection, which appeared as the February 1973 issue of Seminars in Psychiatry, set out to present a group of papers "representative of the current work and thought in the area of minimal brain dysfunction." One would not expect that eight individual papers on such diverse topics as genetics, studies of asphyxiated monkeys, electroencephalograms, learning disabilities, lead poisoning, the hyperkinetic syndrome, and neurological assessment and functional implications of minimal brain dysfunction would coalesce to form a meaningful picture. Yet they do, and to my mind the editors have succeeded in their purpose.

That is not to say that the book can serve as a suitable introduction for the beginner; it can not. But the experienced worker in the field will find that the reported studies themselves are relevant and that the reviews that accompany the studies cover most of the important issues and areas of information, and

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