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January 1956

Auditory Disorders in Children.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(1):111. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830070113018

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This book presents procedures for differential diagnosis of auditory disorders in children below the age of six years. The author stresses the importance of considering a hearing disorder in relation to the child's total developmental behavior.

There are five parts to the book, including an introduction and a series of case studies from the author's aphasia clinic. Part 2 describes history taking and evaluating the information in terms of a final diagnosis. Part 3 elaborates on peripheral deafness, aphasia psychic deafness, and mental deficiency, with behavior differences characterizing each condition. The fourth part describes examination methods. The author emphasizes informal observations over formal audiometric tests. Psychological examination is of the utmost importance and is actually the basis of the author's differential methods. The approach is primarily through the eyes of a psychologist. There is much information throughout the book, and it is a worth-while contribution to this confusing aspect of

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