May 1955

Introduction to Exceptional Children.

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By Harry J. Baker, Ph.D. Price, $5. Pp. 500. The Macmillan Company, 60 5th Ave., New York 11, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(5):643-644. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110757025

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The increase in interest in exceptional children and their problems stimulates physicians to scrutinize literature on the subject in related professional fields to better understand how to help these children. This volume which is an "Introduction to Exceptional Children" intended for college students, primarily, unfortunately does not serve this function for physicians.

Following a brief introductory section which is concerned with a philosophy and objectives of education, there are sections on the physically handicapped, mental growth and development, neurologic and psychogenic diseases, behavior adjustments, educational retardation, and general problems. As might be anticipated in a nonmedical publication, the biological factors of concern in exceptional children are treated superficially and with unfortunate oversimplification. Discussion of educational problems does not seem to fare much better, however. Platitudinous statements also detract from the value of the book for the sophisticated reader. For example, "If we are fortunate to have normal vision, we are

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