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May 1981

Learning Disabilities and Brain Function

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University Hospitals Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(5):328. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510050094030

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This book by a neuropsychologist of long experience attempts to relate our current understanding of brain-behavior relationships to problems of special education, particularly learning disabilities and their remediation. The nervous system and learning, perceptual disorders, cerebral dominance, reading and arithmetic disability, and the neuropsychological aspects of remedial procedures are among the topics that are covered. The exposition of the facts and the discussion of their implications are clear and thoughtful. It is evident that Professor Gaddes not only knows his discipline but also knows from first-hand experience what goes on in the classroom. Teachers and school psychologists, for whom this book is primarily intended, will find it most informative and stimulating. But other professionals, who are likely to see the learning-disabled child in a clinical setting, will also find much of value in it.

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