July 1975

Minimal Brain Dysfunction: Clinical Study of Diagnosis and Treatment in Over 1,000 Children

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology Children's Hospital Medical Center 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by Mortimer B. Gross and William C. Wilson, 206 pp, 20 illus, $10.95, Brunner/Mazel Inc, 1974.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(7):868. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120440084025

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This book is not a balanced review of the subject as might be inferred from the title. The subtitle, "Clinical Study of Diagnosis and Treatment in Over 1,000 Children," is the more accurate indication of what is to be found. I suspect the best way to approach this book is to regard it as a clinical research presentation similar to one that might be found in the medical literature, but at the same time to recognize that it has not undergone the scrutiny of referees from an editorial board.

The work consists of a personal statement by a psychiatrist and neurologist based on their work in a community clinic. The major ambiguity centers about the problem of patient selection. As far as I can determine, the patients were chosen on the basis of having seven in a list of 14 common general abnormal clinical behavioral traits, combined with a high

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