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August 17, 1895

Publications du Progres Medical, Paris.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(7):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430330037018

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This is a report on assistance of idiot children and degenerates, by the learned and accomplished Bourneville. We have before mentioned, in one of our book notices, the appreciative mention by Bourneville of the labors of the lamented Séguin, and the same fairness and noblesse oblige is seen in this report. The volume begins with a historical review of assistance and treatment of idiotic and degenerate children in which our own country is given due credit for its work in this direction. The second chapter discusses the assistance to this unfortunate class in the departments of France. The number of admissions to each institution are given. Chapter 3 describes the private establishments devoted to idiot children, epileptics and degenerates in France. Chapter 5 contains a report on the assistance given this class in Europe. The age and capacity of each institution is mentioned, and as well their special features. Chapter

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