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August 9, 1965

Reading Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

JAMA. 1965;193(6):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090060137026

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Most physicians seeing the title of this book will think, "This is no concern of mine. It's meant for teachers and psychologists." Actually, reading disorders should concern many doctors. Out of approximately 2,000,000 school beginners each year, more than 300,000 will be retarded readers and their reading difficulty may have disastrous effect on their personalities, career, and mental health. Sooner or later, family physicians, pediatricians, otologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists will be called upon to try to solve their problems.

This book reports a symposium sponsored by the University of California. Pediatricians explain the importance of reading disorders and discuss the identification and evaluation of cases. Psychologists describe the tests they may use for diagnosis, and some of the variations in individual development. An ophthalmologist considers visual problems and points out that poor visual acuity is rarely the cause of difficulty in learning to read. The role of both hereditary

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