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September 1957

Retarded Children Can be Helped.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(3):353. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030040139022

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This small, and unduly expensive, book is full of text and pictures which appeared in Life magazine three years ago, which have been nicely expanded. In its ten chapters the authors discuss the national magnitude of the problem of mentally retarded children and their parents, and in some detail explains present facilities at all stages of development. These include discussion of nursery schools, the visiting nurse's role in home planning, educational and workshop facilities, the role of community efforts, and detailed orientation as regards institutions and training schools for the mentally retarded.

The text of the book is well written but suffers from the tendency to oversimplify matters of extreme complexity as regards the diagnosis and eventual disposition of mentally retarded children. The implication of the text frequently seems to be that if enough pressure is brought to bear on the medical profession and legislators of state and federal governments—

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