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March 1970

Mental Retardation: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch Neurol. 1970;22(3):287. doi:10.1001/archneur.1970.00480210097020

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If the sole objective of the editor was, as he stated, to "bridge the gaps, both real and senantic" (between the various disciplines), then his purpose has been accomplished. If the reader is a novice in the field of mental retardation, he will find this book of particular value. The more experienced professional will probably not gain new insights with the role of his own discipline in relation to diagnosis and treatment. However, chapters on subjects outside of his specific sphere of interest may prove to be quite informative.

The chapter on metabolic and endocrine causes is in marked contrast with the superficiality of coverage of other sections. For a physician responsible for evaluating mental and/or physically handicapped children, this chapter offers an excellent approach to diagnosis and also covers the topic in the most comprehensive manner. However, devoting approximately one fourth of this book to biochemical causes is

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