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November 1977

The Waysiders: Reading and the Dyslexic Child

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(11):2080-2081. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450110174031

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The Waysiders: Reading and the Dyslexic Child, by R.M.N. Crosby, MD, and Robert A. Liston is an extremely well-written book on a subject that needs greater understanding by all, dyslexia. Dr Crosby, a neurologist-neurosurgeon, has teamed with Mr Liston to present an accurate and very readable treatise on the topic. Parents, teachers, psychologists, and physicians are the intended audience. Dyslexia is a neurologic disorder of reading, yet there is an associated problem which goes beyond and involves perceptual disorders that create difficulties in writing, arithmetic, and speech. Ten percent to 15% of children who enter kindergarten may be affected. In 50% of the cases, the problem is an inherited dysfunction.

The book is divided into four sections. The first deals with a description of dyslexia. There is then a very informative discussion of the way in which normal reading is learned. Case histories of affected children are presented. Finally, the

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