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November 1969

Mental Retardation: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Author Affiliations

Southbury, Conn

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(5):803. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040805024

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This book consists of 14 chapters selected and designed to cover practically all aspects of the problem of mental retardation. The major effort is on definition of the problem and its diagnostic approaches with particular emphasis on the medical aspects. There are chapters, as well, however, on psychological testing and its significance for management, problems of communication and its treatment, and psychiatric aspects requiring special therapeutic procedures. There is, also, a chapter on the neurologic evaluation of the infant and child including established guidefines of development.

The contributions of the 14 authors are, in the main, essay-like articles, which, in many cases, do little more than synopsize the aspects covered, but are adequate to this extent. Because of limited space, there is little in depth discussion and no effort to present conditions in terms of their relative importance. For instance, the chapter on community care, education, and training programs (which

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