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February 1963

Reading Disability: Progress and Research Needs in Dyslexia.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(2):227-228. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040229025

This book presents a good overview and some specific technical discussions of dyslexia, a problem that is being seen more frequently by pediatricians, as school personnel and parents recognize its medical nature. Dyslexia, as treated in the book, is considered as a developmental neurological dysfunctioning with important relationships to other associated or secondary neurological, psychiatric, and educational problems. Based upon a symposium (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes on Nov. 15-17, 1961), the book does not present much that is new to specialists in the field, but it does supply the long-needed general reference that brings together and clearly discusses what is known about dyslexia. It is not a clinical manual but, instead, is oriented toward research needs as its subtitle suggests.

Of considerable value to the pediatrician is the first chapter by the editor, which is purported to be a postconference review of the main themes emerging from discussions following the

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