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December 1950

Children with Mental and Physical Handicaps.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(6):1053-1054. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040021068024

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Written by a psychologist who has worked for years in clinical and abnormal psychology, mental hygiene and the education and training of physically and mentally handicapped children, this book is intended as a reference for lay and professional workers in these fields.

The first eight chapters are concerned with mental defectiveness and present physical, psychologic, educational, sociovocational and etiologic considerations and classifications. The author's treatment of this material is often ponderous and confusing. Even the trained psychologist or physician will find himself mystified by the obvious, especially in the author's attempt to differentiate the amentias from the dementias. Chapter 2, an attempt to untangle the confusion of "Multiple Definitions of Mental Defectiveness," resembles the psychologists' maze, a verbal one with many frustrating, blind or false passages.

The balance of the twenty-one chapters presents descriptions of special clinical types or conditions which are or may be associated with mental defectiveness, with

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