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October 13, 1923

THE SUBNORMAL AND PSYCHOPATHIC CHILD AS EXEMPLIFIED IN SPECIAL CLINIC

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CINCINNATI

JAMA. 1923;81(15):1262-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650150016006
Abstract

Within recent years, much attention has been given to the study of subnormal and psychopathic children. This study has been greatly stimulated by the introduction of the various psychometric tests, especially the Binet-Simon tests, by means of which a workable classification and standardization of subnormal children have been made possible. These tests, being psychologic, account for the fact that for a long time the development of this field has been principally in the hands of psychologists and social workers. Now, however, we are beginning to realize more and more that the whole problem is distinctly a medical one, and concerns primarily the psychiatrist, who, in order to succeed, must aline himself with the pediatrician on the one hand, and with the psychologist and social worker on the other.

The whole of life, according to Herbert Spencer, is an adjustment, a continuous adjustment of inner to outer relations, and it is

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