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"This is a highly readable and well-edited historical anthology, a wide-ranging collection that deals with mental retardation over two centuries. The book deserves perusal by anyone interested in mental retardation. The plot is powerful, and the questions profound."
-New England Journal of Medicine,
"The book will be of value to scholars concerned with the newly emerging history of disability."
-Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences,
"Interesting collection of pieces."
"Illuminates the history of mental retardation in America, a subject that has largely been ignored by scholars. This volume goes far beyond the history of institutional care, and covers such subjects as the role of families, changes in concepts of retardation and educational theory, and the role of the state. Mental Retardation in America will contribute toward a new understanding of the subject and serve as a stimulus to further research."
-Gerald N. Grob,Rutgers University