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June 1969

Social Services to the Mentally Retarded.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):740-741. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180124025

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It is hoped that disciplines other than social work will read Helen L. Beck's Social Services to the Mentally Retarded, an excellent comprehensive overall view of the field. This book should have really been titled: "Handbook for Anybody Working in the Field of Retardation." Especially chapter 4, "Social Implications" should be required reading for anyone in the field!

Helen L. Beck, who was chief psychiatric social worker in the Handicapped Children's Unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, states in her preface that she used simple, everyday language with the intent that it bring the material close to many different kinds of people, professionals and lay people alike.

After her thoughtful comprehensive listing of the behavioral manifestations in mental retardation, Miss Beck stresses those components of its impact on the family that are different from other disabling assaults and even other chronic

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