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September 13, 1952

A Handbook for the Blind

JAMA. 1952;150(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020098028

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The problem of rehabilitation of the blind is primarily concerned with the psychological aspects of self-confidence and the physical means necessary for the blinded person to adjust himself as normally as possible to a seeing world. Like many others who have been successful in this work, the author of this book is blind. Through her own experiences she has been able to formulate many rules and make numerous practical suggestions that should prove extremely helpful, particularly to the newly blinded subject. She advocates as much independence as possible, prefering to do without a guide dog or white cane. Dogs for the blind have been publicized and dramatized, and, although in some cases they are extremely helpful, they are not always desirable. The requirements and adaptability of the person must be considered most carefully in arriving at a decision in this matter. Although the author does without a cane, the experiences

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