September 1965

Caring for Your Disabled Child.

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By Benjamin Spock, MD, and Marion O. Lerrigo, PhD. Price, $4.95. Pp 373. Macmillan Co., 60 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10011, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):463-464. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030143029

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Here is a book for which there has been much need, and it is to be hoped now that hundreds of thousands of parents with a mentally retarded or physically handicapped child will get the book, read it, study it, and be guided by the good advice that Dr. Spock has to give.

As many of us know, a mother often goes to pieces emotionally when she discovers that her child is definitely retarded. She gets ideas of guilt and a feeling that something she did during her pregnancy was wrong. She is often filled with resentment at God for having done this terrible thing to her; also, she is angry with her doctor for having told her that her child is "not right." Her reaction to the doctor's opinion is commonly one of disbelief and bitterness. She and her husband usually decide that they will keep traveling around from

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