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October 1964

Mentally Retarded Children and Their Education.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(4):450. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010452028

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The recent expanding interest in the problem of the mentally retarded, and the availability of local, state, and federal funds to help provide the needed community facilities, has resulted in a striking increase in the publication of books and articles devoted to the training of the necessary personnel in the various professional disciplines involved. This book, by Dr. Weber, is designed to serve as a text for students in training as special education teachers, and for special class administrators.

As preliminary historical and pertinent background material, there are discussions having rather specific medical and psychiatric implications. Unfortunately, this is handled in a very superficial and oversimplified manner, with considerable redundancy and an abundance of verbatim quotations from selected articles and books. As an introduction to the problem of the mentally retarded, it will prove of very limited value. In addition, for reasons I find difficult to fathom, there is included

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