December 1957

The Mentally Retarded Patient.

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By Harold Michal-Smith. Price, $4.00. Pp. 203. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227-231 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia 5, 1956.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(6):713. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030070125017

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This book attempts to coordinate the areas of vital conflict in the adjustment of the mentally retarded patient. It offers to the physician a well-rounded picture of the mentally retarded person as viewed psychologically, from the family situation, and as viewed from the problem of educablity and vocational training. The main emphasis lies on the psychological aspects of retardation, and, as such, it gives a fairly complete picture of both the disabilities and the potentialities. The author shows in considerable detail how the retarded person may fit into a social pattern to the benefit of himself in society, if he is permitted to develop within the limits of his maximal ability. In these aspects, the book is both general and specific and may well serve as a guide for the private physician in need of help in the over-all care of the mentally retarded.

The classification of mental retardation given

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