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Mental Defectives: Their History, Treatment and Training (Mental Illness and Social Policy : the American Experience)

Martin W. Barr

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ISBN 10: 0405051913 / ISBN 13: 9780405051913
Published by Ayer Co Pub, 1973
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Title: Mental Defectives: Their History, Treatment ...

Publisher: Ayer Co Pub

Publication Date: 1973

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Reprint.

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The studies herein presented several of which have appeared from time to time in various journals have been written in response to many inquiries that have come to me regarding mental defectives. The result of an experience of almost twenty years in carrying forward principles of treatment and of training, tested, proven and defined it addresses itself primarily to anxious parents and to earnest teachers, rather than to the scientist. No effort has been spared to render the statistics accurate, and the statements trustworthy, all doubtful data having been unhesitatingly discarded. In endeavoring to emphasize the utter hopelessness of cure, and also the needless waste of energy in attempting to teach an idiot, I have sought to make clear the possibilities that may be attained in the training of the imbecile, the urgent need of preventing the backward child from degenerating into imbecility, and of safeguarding the absolutely irresponsible ammoral imbecile from crime and its penalty. Some subjects I have not touched upon at all for obvious reasons, nor have I dwelt at any length upon the stigmata of degeneration. Sexual inversion is not a subject to present to the general reader, and researches into both the psychology and pathology of idiocy have yet to gather sufficient data upon which to base dogmatic opinion. My acknowledgments are due to my immediate associates as well as to many colaborers in the work at large, whose experience has aided me in substantiating theories, in working out basic principles, and in verifying conclusions. In this last my three boys have materially contributed, in addition to the aid gladly and efficiently rendered in the preparation of the book; many of the photographs by Jake, the translations by A rthur, and the entire typewriting of the manuscript by Judson, all being an exposition of the main argument the possibilities to be
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