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January 1984

Dyslexia: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Reading Disabilities

Arch Ophthalmol. 1984;102(1):29-30. doi:10.1001/archopht.1984.01040030015012

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This is an updated version of an earlier book on dyslexia by the first two authors. Although the new version is more clearly divided into chapters representing disciplinary interests, the thrust of the authors' discussion is the need for constructive interaction amongst the many disciplines concerned with this topic. The book presents an overview of current and past research on a variety of topics, including psychological evaluation, neurologic and psychiatric aspects, the role of vision and hearing in learning, and the importance of hemispheric cerebral dominance, drug therapies, and genetic factors. The instruction of disabled readers and their legal rights as handicapped students is emphasized.

The book presents a summary of the field in a manner that even a layman can understand. At the same time, it familiarizes the reader with the terminology and jargon in the field, which should facilitate interdisciplinary communication. It provides a rewarding introduction to

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