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March 6, 1967

Mental Deficiency: The Changing Outlook

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Poughkeepsie, NY

JAMA. 1967;199(10):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100131048

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This book is the result of collaborative work by a group of distinguished British research psychologists led by A. M. Clarke and A. D. B. Clarke, currently teaching psychology at the University of Hull. Originally published in 1958, it has been brought up-to-date by the various contributors. Besides an initial chapter on the background of the concept of mental deficiency, there are two main sections. The first, devoted to theoretical problems, includes chapters on classification of mental deficiency, measurement of intelligence, genetic and environmental studies of intelligence, etiological aspects of mental subnormality, and individual differences in mental deficiency, followed by three chapters on learning, brain damage, and cerebral palsy in relation to mental deficiency, respectively. The second section, devoted to practical matters, deals with psychological assessment and educational problems in mental deficiency, trainability and vocational and social rehabilitation, psychotherapy, speech disorders and terminates with two chapters on longitudinal and follow-up