The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness

The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness

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The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness

The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness

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On September 15, 1906, the Training School for Backward and Feeble-minded Children at Vineland, New Jersey, opened a laboratory and a Department of Research for the study of feeble-mindedness.

A beginning was made in studying the mental condition of the children who lived in the Institution, with a view to determining the mental and physical peculiarities of the different grades and types, to getting an accurate record of what deficiencies each child had and what he was capable of doing, with the hope that in time these records could be correlated with the condition of the nervous system of the child, if he should die while in the Institution and an autopsy should be allowed.

As soon as possible after the beginning of this work, a definite start was made toward determining the cause of feeble-mindedness. After some preliminary work, it was concluded that the only way to get the infortion needed was by sending trained workers to the homes of the children, to learn by careful and wise questioning the facts that could be obtained. It was . . .

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