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November 22, 1913

Backward and Feeble-Minded Children.

JAMA. 1913;61(21):1925-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350220069037

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The importance of the problem of the feeble-minded has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years, and has resulted in an ever-increasing stream of literature. In this book attention is called to the fact that the vast majority of the feeble-minded are outside of institutions and for some period of their early life are pupils in our public schools. Of those admitted during one year to the Lincoln (Ill.) Institution for the Delinquent, at which the author made his observation on the feeble-minded, 43 per cent. had attended the public schools for one year or more. He says that, except in the case of infrequent offenders and persons whose mental disturbance is due to specific kinds of poisoning, even in their school period these children usually show exceptional conduct and can be picked out by any one trained in clinical observation. He believes that here is an opportunity

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