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New PDF release: Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation

By James W. Trent

ISBN-10: 0520203577

ISBN-13: 9780520203570

James W. Trent makes use of public files, inner most letters, investigative stories, and infrequent images to discover our altering perceptions of psychological retardation over the last a hundred and fifty years. He contends that the commercial vulnerability of mentally retarded humans (and their families), greater than the claims made for his or her highbrow or social barriers, has made up our minds their institutional remedy.

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Their surveys of local physicians, clergy, and public officials and their own trips to assess conditions in almshouses and prisons led Howe, Knight, and Brockett in the late 1840s and early 1850s to estimate the incidence of idiocy at between one-ninth and one-half of one percent of the general population (Brockett 1855, 599). Although they suspected that the actual rate was higher, estimates of incidence during the pre-Civil War decades were much lower than those estimates made in the last two decades of the century and even lower than those of the 1920s.

1885 12. Wrentham School for the Feeble-Minded, Massachusetts, 1924 13. Participants at the annual meeting of the AASFM, 1910 14. Swinging, 1932 15. Boys' band, 1925 16. Industrial training, ca. 1920 17. Shoemaking shop, ca. 1885 18. Nurses' training class, 1928 Page viii 19. Frank Giroux, an inmate at the Illinois Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children, 1908 20. Special classes, Rochester, ca. 1910 21. Special classes, Rochester, ca. 1910 22. Special classes, Rochester, ca. 1910 23. "Cincinnati's Problem," 1915 24.

5. Denise Jodelet, Madness and Social Representations. Translated by Tim Pownall, edited by Gerard Duveen. 6. James W. , Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States. Page iii Inventing the Feeble Mind A History of Mental Retardation in the United States James W. Trent, Jr. University of California Press BERKELEY LOS ANGELES LONDON Page iv University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England Copyright © 1994 by The Regents of the University of California First Paperback Printing 1995 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Trent, James W.

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