Mental Retardation

Mental Retardation

Some Recent Developments in the Study of Causes and Social Effects of This Problem

1st Edition - January 1, 1968

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  • Author: Brian H. Kirman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483137834

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Mental Retardation summarizes some developments in the study of the causes and social effects of mental retardation. The problem of definition and recognition is emphasized, along with its relationship to frequency and to the changes that have occurred in the natural history and prevalence of mental handicap in general and of some of its specific constituent disorders in particular. This book covers a wide range of topics related to mental retardation, from its prevalence and causes to prevention and treatment; chemical disorders and other enzyme defects; the effect of a hypothetical restriction of child-bearing age on trisomic chromosome disorders; and recessive heredity and Mendelian inheritance. Prominence is given to habilitation in the prevention of secondary handicap and to the importance of minimizing cultural retardation. Genetic disorders and their detection are also discussed, along with the link between cerebral palsy and mental retardation; the correlation between blood groups and mental retardation; and congenital malformations such as hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and anencephaly. This monograph will be a valuable resource for physicians and other health professionals in the field of mental retardation, as well as students of the social sciences, education and medicine and by others who wish to have a simple guide to a complex and common form of human impairment.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Mental Retardation

    No Immediate Danger of Decline of National Intelligence

    The Need for Information

    Prevalence of Mental Retardation

    Causes of Mental Retardation

    Chemical Disorders

    Possibilities of Treatment

    Other Enzyme Defects

    Recessive Heredity

    Children of the Mentally Retarded

    Mendelian Inheritance


    Detection of Carriers

    Significance of Carrier State

    Direct Transmission


    A Hereditary Deformity of Head and Hands

    Parental Age

    Chromosome Studies

    Abnormalities of Sex Chromosomes

    The Barr Body

    Turner's Syndrome

    Down's Syndrome

    Human Mosaics

    Malformation of the Nervous System

    Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida and Anencephaly

    Blood Groups and Mental Retardation

    Cerebral Palsy and Mental Retardation


    Birth Hazards

    Potential and Achievement

    Research in Rehabilitation

    Cultural Retardation

    The Brooklands Experiment

    The Need for Further Effort

    Further Reading

Product details

  • No. of pages: 50
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1968
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483137834

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Brian H. Kirman

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