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December 1987

Life Expectancy and Mental Retardation: A Longitudinal Study in a State Residential Facility

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Los Lunas Lunasnd Training School Box 1269 Los x 1269 L1

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1275. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120037028

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The authors of this compact monograph have impeccable credentials; they are authorities in residential care of people with developmental disabilities. The state residential facility mentioned in this work is the Lanterman Developmental Center (formerly Pacific State Hospital) in California.

Many professionals who are expected to know the longterm prospects of severely handicapped people will value this small paperback book. This group would include primary care physicians; medical specialists, such as neurologists, orthopedists, and psychiatrists; physical therapists and occupational therapists; educators; and social workers.

This monograph not only provides information about high-risk factors in patient care but also informs professionals who must testify in various legal forums in regard to life expectancy. In some legal proceedings the handicapped person seeks financial awards that may hinge on someone's estimates of the life expectancy of the impaired person. The size of the award may be based partially on the years that the person

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