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March 1952

The Adjustment of the Blind

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(3):413. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030421016

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The purpose of this book is to tell us how the blind act, feel, and think, and to dispel the numerous fallacies which have come down to us as a heritage from antiquity. The authors point out that beliefs having little to do with common experience have grown up about the emotions of the blind. These erroneous ideas have much to do with the intolerable methods by which the blind have been treated in the past, at first being reduced to beggary and then literally incarcerated in asylums, where they became objects of pity, or at least where the rest of the world did not have the necessity of seeing them and trying to solve their problems.

Considerable space is spent in giving this historical background. The methods by means of which the blind, aided by those few persons who tried to help them, have sought to rehabilitate themselves, are

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