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The authors declare in their foreword to the first edition of this book that they assigned themselves three main purposes: "first, to summarize as comprehensively as possible the literature on psychological and social aspects of mental deficiency (particularly that of the last decade) against a background of genetics and neuropathology. Second we have tried to show the intimate, reciprocal and enriching relationship between theory and practice, and the use of experimental method in both areas; and third, an attempt has been made to indicate in a practical manner how the learning difficulties and social problems posed by the subnormal may be ameliorated." While the first goal may not have been fulfilled as completely as one might wish, particularly with respect to the relationship between the sociopsychological and biological aspects of mental retardation (perhaps because our present state of knowledge does not yet permit these correlations),
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