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February 4, 1905

Mental Defectives; Their History, Treatment and Training.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):407. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500320071019

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This book is based on knowledge and extensive experience. It is encumbered by no fads, and is biased by no pet theories; it is the product of a well-balanced mind and is a safe guide. Strictly speaking, it can scarcely be called a medical work, still no neurologist, alienist, or physician having to do with feeble-minded or defective children can afford to be without it. But the medical man does miss a chapter on pathology. He has learned to think of disease in terms of pathologic processes if not of pathologic anatomy. With the clinical picture he correlates a vision of abnormal tissue or deranged function. And this is well. To read a book, then, of more than three hundred pages on the mentally defective and find nothing of the causative brain conditions gives the physician an acute feeling of incompleteness. In his preface the author states that the work

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