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

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University of California Press, Mar 16, 1994 - Medical - 356 pages
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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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Contents

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

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