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September 1964

You Can Raise Your Handicapped Child.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(3):332. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010334024

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You Can Raise Your Handicapped Child by Evelyn West Ayrault was a great disappointment to this reviewer even tho the preface is written by Margaret Mead and the introduction by Meyer A. Perlstein. This book was obviously written primarily for lay consumption and possibly for the use of paramedical personnel such as social case workers, psychologists, and nurses. Unfortunately, it does not meet the needs of any of these groups. The first chapter with its accompanying tables has many glaring medical errors. An example of this misinformation is the statement that congenital absence of bone (ie, congenital amputation) is caused by "possibly a gross deficiency (eg, calcium and protein) in the mother's diet during pregnancy." Another example is the statement under muscular dystrophy, "Certain aspects of research have indicated that cause may be due to metabolism abnormalities in the muscles because they can not utilize vitamin E." These are but

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