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February 1954

The Mentally Retarded Child: A Guide for Parents.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):259. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090247031

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This little book consisting of 190 pages in 18 chapters is written primarily for the parents of retarded children. The description of the anguish of the parents of the mentally retarded child is realistic. The advice to parents and the historical survey chapters are worth while. The vocational training discussions, especially the role of the parent, are first class. The discussion of treatment, however, is too optimistic and may convey false hope to the laity. The lists of schools and institutions throughout the country are convenient, although the tuition fees even now are out of date.

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