The Mentally Retarded in Society

The Mentally Retarded in Society

The Mentally Retarded in Society

The Mentally Retarded in Society

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This volume endeavors to present mental retardation in its social rather than its clinical aspects. It aims to show how various phases of public opinion and action have followed the evolution of scientific knowledge. The more recent trends of thought and action are particularly dealt with as indicating what a modern mental deficiency program might comprise.

The present work is built upon the work of the same author, Social Control of the Mentally Deficient, published in 1930, which followed a smaller volume entitled Social Control of the Feebleminded, published in 1923. It retains much of the historical and other pertinent material of the earlier volume, but has been expanded to include the many significant developments of later years and the changed thinking which brought them about.

The examples given of various services serve only as illustrations of work, which in many cases is conducted advantageously elsewhere. No attempt has been made to describe every service of every state, or to give an account of legislation not yet in effect. The emphasis is rather to trace, through the history of methods of care, the development of modern concepts.

My indebtedness to those who assisted in the preparation of earlier volumes is still great. For this edition, I acknowledge with gratitude the able assistance of many persons who gave generously of their time and thought to criticize the manuscript or aid in getting material. In particular, I would express great appreciation to Miss Katharine G. Ecob, whose collaboration has made this new edition possible. Miss Ecob has brought unique qualifications and sincere devotion to this task. As psychologist with the former New York State Commission on Mental Defectives, and . . .

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