Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
Preventing Intellectual Disability, by Pekka
Louhiala, Finnish pediatrician and philosopher, is an important contribution
to a sparse literature. Commencing with four paradigmatic cases that raise
ethical issues concerning the prevention of intellectual disability, the work,
based on Louhiala’s doctoral dissertation, is expansive in scope while
aiming at practical relevance and theoretical rigor. This broad reach is the
source of both the book’s strengths and its weaknesses.
Aulisio MP. Intellectual Disability. JAMA. 2005;293(1):101-106. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.103-b