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January 1963

Reading Disability:

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(1):107-108. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720070109016

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This book is a report of a conference on reading disability, held at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and sponsored by the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children. Thirteen papers, from the fields of neurology, medical psychology, pediatrics, otolaryngology, child psychiatry, and education, present views and research that might have some bearing on the problem of "dyslexia," or "the inability to read even with adequate instruction."

The purpose and goals of this symposium were not too clearly specified. This lack of structure made it seem as if each contributor were addressing himself to a different problem. What was apparently intended to be a multidisciplinary approach turned out to be a series of somewhat unrelated papers in which the orientation is predominantly neurological. In addition, the omission of the participants' reactions and discussion, which are usually included in a publication, adds to this unstructured quality. The preface stated that this

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