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January 2, 1915

Human Derelicts. Medico-Sociological Studies for Teachers of Religion and Social Workers.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570270077034

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Abstract

This book is intended for the use of social workers, including clergymen, medical officers of health and teachers. The topics treated, each by a different author, include "Idiots and Imbeciles," "Lunatics," "The Feeble-Minded," "The Epileptic," "The Inebriate Derelict," "The Criminal Derelict," "The Recidivist," "The Mentally Defective Criminal Derelict," "The Vagrant," "The Prostitute," "Senile Derelicts," "The Derelict Deaf" and "The Derelict Blind." Naturally, a book which covers so wide a range of subjects within 350 pages cannot undertake an exhaustive discussion of any of them. The treatment, therefore, is that of the practical handbook: a general survey of each topic, a brief bibliography on each, references to recent legislation bearing on the class of derelicts under consideration, and the names and addresses of institutions and societies dealing with such derelicts. While of some interest to American readers, the book will find its greatest field of usefulness in Great Britain, since it

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