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August 1968

The Waysiders.

Arch Neurol. 1968;19(2):239. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00480020125020

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Dr. Crosby, a neurosurgeon with a special interest in pediatric neurology, and Mr. Liston, a professional writer, set themselves a difficult task in writing this book. They wished to discuss the existence, causes, symptomatology, and treatment of dyslexia in a way that would be helpful to a heterogeneous audience of "parents, teachers, psychologists and physicians."

It is, of course, easy to please nobody while trying to help everybody. However, this particular attempt at informed popularization is on the whole a success. Mr. Liston's style is lucid without being patronizing: he had not been merely a passive "ghost," but has obviously done much personal reading on the subject. There is a happy balance in the importance ascribed to the differing etiologies of dyslexia, such as genetic factors and minimal birth trauma. The book improves both in style and content as it moves from the earlier and more speculative parts to the

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