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Mental Retardation: Approaches to Institutional Change.

Charles M. Poser, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(3):537. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310090167048.
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This is a most extraordinary book which should occupy a prominent place on the shelf of every individual who is involved in the administration of institutions for the mentally retarded. It should also be thumbed by trustees, concerned citizens, and, in particular, legislators, who so often fail to appreciate the true role of such institutions (and as a result are so misguided in their Pronouncements).

The authors have used this vehicle to provide realistic and sensible guidelines for the training, education, and edification of all persons working in institutions for the mentally retarded, from superintendent down to ward aides. While their emphasis is more on providing helpful information for those who have daily contact with the patients, there are many worthwhile suggestions for the front office people as well. The language is clear and direct and remarkably free of the pseudopsychiatric lingo which so often mars the literature on mental


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