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April 1962

Subnormal Personalities. Their Clinical Investigation and Assessment.

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By C. J. C. Earl, with additional material by H. C. Gunzburg. Price, $7.00. Pp. 338. The Williams & Wilkins Company, 428 E. Preston St., Baltimore 2, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(4):330-332. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710220072013

At a time when considerable attention is being focused on the understanding and the treatment of the wide variety of defective human conditions subsumed under the name of Subnormal Personalities, it is fortunate, indeed, that the late Dr. Earl's thoughtful and original work in this area should be made available to the public. As medical superintendent of Monyhull Hospital, in Birmingham, England, Dr. Earl devoted his energy to a careful assessment of the personality of those individuals who, legally considered "feeble minded" or "mentally deficient" under England's "Mental Deficiency Acts" (1913-1938), were committed to his care. The report of his thinking in this area as well of his experiences with his charges reflects his deep concern and his unlimited sympathy for the "defectives." So warm, indeed, is the affective quality of his approach to the problems of the "subnormal personality," that it is probably fair to say that it