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February 25, 1956

Education of Mentally Handicapped Children

JAMA. 1956;160(8):723-724. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430113029

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At a period when interest in the health and welfare of children involves an ever-widening circle of professional and lay people, this publication is timely. Despite the general interest in children, work with the mentally retarded has been treated as a stepchild of several professional disciplines. To overcome this attitude requires some stimulation of interest, but interest without intimate knowledge is of little help. This book fulfills both of these requirements. The author has pioneered in the schooling of mentally retarded children. The book contains many clearly expressed and firmly stated (if sometimes honestly biased) ideas and a wealth of detail. The subject matter, however, sticks to that implied by the title. An ample and up-to-date bibliography is included. The style is clear; concepts are not difficult, are pertinent to the author's main theses, and are developed logically. Large print and intelligently placed headings and subheadings are an aid to

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