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June 1939

Out of the Running.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(6):1275-1276. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270180203019

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Abstract

This is an autobiography of a woman with congenital cerebral palsy. Although mentally superior, she was greatly handicapped physically, being practically unable to walk and incapable of articulate speech. She learned to communicate by sign language and to type with one finger, after which her progress in acquiring information was rapid. Although the development of intelligence is ordinarily considered to be highly dependent on motor capacity and speech functions, the author's achievements illustrate the possibility of a rich mental development in the absence of vocalization and motor skill. Her story is a clear account of her emotional and personality development and of her attitudes and experiences. With rare insight she describes her growing consciousness, at adolescence, of her physical limitations, the period of mild depression she experienced at the age of 15 and of her religious conversion at 20. Her vivid description of energetic repression of sensitiveness to her condition,

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