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February 6, 1932

The Mental Defective: A Problem in Social Inefficiency.

JAMA. 1932;98(6):502-503. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320062033

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This book, by the director of medical services and by the consulting neurologist of the Stoke Park Colony, Stapleton, Bristol, is a popular statement of the problem of mental deficiency. A considerable part of the first chapter is devoted to discussion of the legal status, in England, of the mental defective and to legal and medical classifications. A second chapter describes the evolution of the human brain. After a chapter on the making of mind, in which intelligence is defined, the neuron and "the neuronic arc or unit of mind" are described and instinct and the special senses discussed, the authors address themselves to a description of the various kinds of defectives. A crowded and, in view of the extensive field touched on, too short chapter on the relation of mental defect to other forms of illness is followed by a discussion of the social consequences of mental deficiency and

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