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Smart But Feeling Dumb    by Harold N. Levinson order for
Smart But Feeling Dumb
by Harold N. Levinson
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Warner, 2003 (1984)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In Smart But Feeling Dumb, Dr. Levinson presents a system of treatment for dyslexia, based on his conclusion (from decades of dealing with the disorder) that its symptoms are caused by an 'inner-ear dysfunction'. Levinson's definition of dyslexia is broader than the usual, incorporating difficulties with math, memory, grammar, speech, direction, time, concentration, balance and various phobias, as well as the usual reading difficulties.

Dr. Levinson gives a historical perspective on the evolution of an understanding of dyslexia, and discusses symptoms that overlap with ADD/ADHD, phobias and Asperger Syndrome. He also provides a detailed and clear explanation of four major functions of the inner ear, as part of his argument that inner-ear disorders cause dyslexic symptoms, and that improvement can be obtained by taking combinations of medications, such as antihistamines and those that treat motion sickness.

The book includes a large number of case studies and testimonials from the author's patients. Its tone is at times defensive of his research, which has apparently been referred to as 'controversial'. Dr. Levinson discusses, and responds to, criticisms of his approach. It will be interesting to see how further research in this area either confirms or denies the findings reported in Smart But Feeling Dumb.

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