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Saturday, November 13, 2004



Hmmmm. I'm surprised how much Allison got the message that being dyslexic was being dumb, since I'm considerably older, but grew up in an environment where dyslexia was understood. Either the Upper West side of Manhattan was just ahead of the curve, or there was a backlash. Probably the former, and I didn't actually know how kids with dyslexia fared, it was just something I knew about and knew that kids just had trouble reading, like somebody who needed glasses might ...


I'm sorry you believe that I implied that dyslexics are dumb. I am well aware that, just like in the non-dyslexic population, there is a range of intelligence from politician to genius. I don't now and didn't then think this is a "stupid" issue.

What this is to me is a reality issue. The MCAT is a test, no more and no less, it's a test. I know excellent docs who did very average and docs I wouldn't let touch my enemies who aced it. But, the MCAT is just a whiff of the reality of medical school. I got a BS and an MS and they were a walk in the park compared with my first six weeks of med school. It's like trying to get a drink out of a fire hydrant. It's daunting as hell to people who read and test well.

Yes, people with all kinds of disabilities have done well in medicine. But, they did it the hard way, they adapted to the rigors of the training, not the other way around.

Anyway, sorry I got your dander up, and I hope you keep reading!


Ennis--Al went to a private school in Menlo Park, or Home of the Internet Overachievers. She was one of about 12 girls and10 boys. all very bright. Several of the girls were reading "chapter books" by second grade (if you aren't a parent, reading chapter books is very high status, means you are beyond the lame little learner books). The school was really supportive--she was just the weakest reader in the class. She concluded from that she was stupid. (Oh, and there were several LD kids--it is just we were the only family that was up front about it. Don't get me started on the elephant in the living room of disguising/hiding LDs.)

Gruntdoc--No apology needed, made me think! Always a good thing. And I wonder if people who have evolved strategies other than reading to get info would be able to get along in med school....Oh, sometimes if you get a chance hear Charles Schwab speak on adaptive technology for print processing (meaning, the new technology of recording print media. Evidently he's learned to understand a very high rate of playback like 300 words per minute. I can't find a reference, if I do I'll put it here.) Evidently dyslexia can go along with a very high capacity to visualize accurately in 3 dimensions--pretty good skill set for a surgeon, eh?


Oh, and don't forget there is now a sure-fire cure for dyslexia


"Oh, and there were several LD kids--it is just we were the only family that was up front about it. Don't get me started on the elephant in the living room of disguising/hiding LDs"

Why not? Why not get you started and why not hide it? And where do you stop disclosure? I mean, what if your child had a mood disorder rather than a cognitive one?

Obviously people should get the help they need, it's just that I'm not going to call people out for wanting to retain their privacy. Of all of the LDs and other brain issues, Dyslexia is the most mainstreamed, and the most acceptable. It's easier to be open about it than about other matters.

Oh, and when was Allison first diagnosed? How old was she?

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