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March 1947

Why Pupils Fail in Reading.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(3):401-402. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220411017

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In this informative book, Dr. Robinson points out that the problem of the seriously retarded reader has in the past commanded the attention and study of individual ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychologists and educators, whose approaches to the problem and subsequent interpretations have been largely limited to their special interests and experience. The resultant confusion shows the need for a coordinated study by specialists in each of these fields. Such a coordinated study forms the unique contribution of this report.

The book is divided into three major sections. The first offers a comprehensive analysis of previous studies, which reveals that assigned causes of reading disability can be grouped under the following headings : visual difficulties ; intellectual and maturational status ; neurologic and dominance factors ; auditory, speech and language factors ; physical difficulties ; emotional reactions, and social and environmental conditions. The second section describes a coordinated investigation into the causal factors of reading disability in each

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