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March 1967

Prevention and Treatment of Mental Retardation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Clinical Condition.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(3):386-387. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730210126022

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In one volume the editor has brought together leaders from many different disciplines to look at the complex problem of mental retardation. Reflected throughout the book are the new attitudes and reawakened interest in the entire field of mental retardation.

A major shift in professional thinking has developed in the short span of 20 years. Wherever possible, the emphasis is being directed toward early diagnosis and the need for more diagnostic clarity; from institutional placement and isolated special schools to maintenance in the home with local schools providing special educational facilities; from individual or family responsibility to community responsibility.

A thorough reading of this book still leaves one with the feeling that the triumphs of modern scientific medicine have changed the statistical numbers of the retarded in our population, but have made small gains in understanding the biological and psychological bases for mental retarda

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