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August 7, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(15):1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890490074045

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This book has the standard British approach to the problem of the mentally defective, and the legal aspects are those that prevail in Great Britain. There are, nevertheless, reports of writings in the American field, but the statistics cited are for the most part those previous to 1917 except one article published in 1933. There is an almost complete disregard of modern dynamic psychology. One is startled by the author's suggestion that the prostitute who practices her profession "in a decent respectable manner" is not vicious, but if she openly and persistently flaunts herself, she is Among the most interesting chapters is one called Idiot Savants."

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