Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States

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University of California Press, 1994 M03 16 - 356 páginas
James W. Trent uses public documents, private letters, investigative reports, and rare photographs to explore our changing perceptions of mental retardation over the past 150 years. He contends that the economic vulnerability of mentally retarded people (and their families), more than the claims made for their intellectual or social limitations, has determined their institutional treatment.

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Introduction
1
IDIOTS IN AMERICA
7
EDWARD SEGUIN AND THE IRONY OF PHYSIOLOGICAL EDUCATION
40
THE BURDEN OF THE FEEBLEMINDED
60
LIVING AND WORKING IN THE INSTITUTION 18901920
96
THE MENACE OF THE FEEBLEMINDED
131
STERILIZATION PAROLE AND ROUTINIZATION
184
THE REMAKING OF MENTAL RETARDATION OF WAR ANGELS PARENTS AND POLITICIANS
225
On Suffering Fools Gladly
269
Notes
279
References
303
Index
347
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Página 17 - We do not propose to create or supply faculties absolutely wanting ; nor to bring all grades of idiocy to the same standard of development or discipline ; nor to make them all capable of sustaining, creditably, all the relations of a social and moral life ; but rather to give to dormant faculties the greatest...
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Página 161 - ... danger to the community. Feebleminded women are almost invariably immoral and if at large usually become carriers of venereal disease or give birth to children who are as defective as themselves. Every feebleminded person, especially the highgrade imbecile, is a potential criminal, needing only the proper environment and opportunity for the development and expression of his criminal tendencies.
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Página 43 - Vallée, and have seen, with no less gratification than astonishment, nearly one hundred fellow-beings who, but a short time since, were shut out from all communion with mankind, who were objects of loathing and disgust, — many of whom rejected every article of clothing,— others of whom, unable to stand erect, crouched themselves in corners, and gave signs of life only...
Página 193 - ... an offense to the Community; when I see the tranquil well ordered life she is leading, her industry and usefulness in the circle in which she moves, and know that surgery has been her salvation from vice and degradation, I am deeply thankful to the benevolent lady whose loyalty to science and comprehensive charity made this operation possible.

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James W. Trent, Jr. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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