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January 11, 1964

Family and Mental Health Problems in a Deaf Population

JAMA. 1964;187(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060150082042

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This volume represents the summarizing report of the "Mental Health Project for the Deaf" in New York State which was begun in 1955 by the Department of Medical Genetics of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. The book is divided into four sections: (1) the protocol and findings of the research program investigating approximately 12,000 literate deaf persons over age 12, and over 100 pairs of deaf twins; (2) the problems and findings relative to psychiatric guidance in a pilot clinical outpatient program; (3) psychiatric considerations in a clinical inpatient program for hospitalized deaf persons; and (4) a concluding section summarizing the findings and offering recommendations for further work with deaf adults. Naturally enough, in a cumulative report of this kind, there is considerable unevenness in form and style, and considerable redundancy in the presentation of ideas. The book, however, will stand as a monumental effort in appraising the mental

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