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March 10, 1917

The Mentally Deficient Child.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(10):800. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030132035

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The author of this little book, which is "especially written for the layman," is a physician and a "barrister-at-law"—judging from his work, we should say probably more barrister than physician. The book may be said to be a collection of hints regarding various aspects of mentally defective children, and there is no doubt that an intelligent teacher would find in it much to interest her and something of value. The author not infrequently makes the attempt to teach his lay readers medical or physiologic technicalities, and occasionally advises them to take on strictly medical functions. This is a mistake because a lay reader practically always takes a distorted view of the subject and his efforts are apt to be not only ineffectual but perhaps harmful. The chapter on the Binet-Simon tests will be helpful to any teacher trying to decide whether or not a given pupil should be sent

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