By Leona S. Bruckner. Price, $3. Pp. 213. Simon & Schuster, Inc., 630 Fifth Ave., New York 20, 1954.
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Every physician is sometimes faced with the unpleasant duty of telling parents that their newborn child has some type of a handicap. When the child is a hopeles idiot or when he cannot survive because of a severe physical defect, the doctor encounters much less difficulty in this onerous task than when the child has a nonfatal physical deformity and normal mentality. A realistic interpretation to the parents of the nature of the problem before them is usually difficult to all concerned, since it must be done at a time when the parents are in a state of emotional turbulence. At times like this, it is often useful to have available a book which delineates the experiences, the spiritual anguish, and the mental processes of the parents of the disabled child, and the painful road to final acceptance.
Such a book is the present one, written by the mother of
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