It has been very interesting for me to see that, without consultation, the members of the Panel have all come up with the same feeling about what was accomplished, what the process was in evolving the report and carrying out the work. As Dr. Thelander indicated, before the President's Panel came into being, most of us were quite complacent about working with bits and pieces of service separated from each other and very often operating in vacuums. But the Panel was given a mandate to pull together these bits and pieces from every discipline which could make a contribution to a plan that would cover the entire field of mental retardation. Out of their thinking came a picture of how one can function on an over-all coordinated basis. The mandate included the necessity for thinking boldly and broadly; without such thinking it would be very difficult to deal with this
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