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April 1958

The Doctor Eyes the Poor Reader.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;59(4):636-637. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940050192045

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This book was written by the director of the Reading Clinic, Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, to assist ophthalmologists to discuss intelligently with parents the problems of the poor reader. He points out that most ophthalmologists do not have the time or background to digest the mass of literature on this subject. He emphasizes the fact that reading failure is the result of a complex combination of factors rather than any simple cause and that in order to approach the problem scientifically a team of specialists must pool their findings, each from a different point of view. For example, physical factors are often involved, such as poor health, visual anomalies, auditory handicaps, endocrine dysfunction, and physical immaturity; also, mental, emotional, and social immaturity may play a dominant role in reading retardation, and, finally, such factors as confused dominance must be investigated. All of these factors have

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