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May 1951

A Miniature Textbook of Feeblemindedness.

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By Leo Kanner, M.D. Price, $1.25. Pp. 33, with no illustrations. Child Care Publications, New York, 1949.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(5):750. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030763024

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In the author's opinion feebleminded persons should be classified into (1) the absolute, pathologically irreversible feebleminded; (2) those relatively trainable culturally, and (3) the apparently feebleminded or pseudofeebleminded. The first require custodial management. The second require adjustment and guidance, and the third require adequate diagnosis and treatment of those handicaps which have prevented existing potentialities from coming to full fruition.

There is still room for improvement of educational and vocational facilities everywhere. The specialists in the training of mentally deficient persons should have an opportunity to prepare themselves adequately for a task which can be thrilling and full of rewards.

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