Creeping Reification: Functional Versus Symptomatic Treatment in the Diagnosis "Minimal Brain Dysfunction"

Von Hilsheimer, George
March 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Mar1973, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p185
Academic Journal
The term "minimal brain damage" (MBD) is evaluated in the light of several experiments: "no treatment" in a democratic existential children `s community; the effect of psychic energizers on skills thought to be deficient due to MBD; electrosleep; biofeedback training for alpha wave desynchronization; deconditioning of phobias; and nutritional/medical treatment. These experiments showed statistically significant improvement in skills related to MBD. It is suggested that MBD may be a diagnosis which directs attention to symptoms and that treatment of underlying functions may be superior to present practice.


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