Medicine: The Slow Ones

"I am the mother," began the ad in a Manhattan newspaper, "of a gentle and lovable child whom the doctors term hopelessly feebleminded. My son is without playmates, without education of any kind. Surely there must be other parents like myself. Where are you? Let's band together and do something for our children." Summoned by this appeal, a determined band of parents in 1949 founded the New York State Association for the Help of Retarded Children to strengthen and direct their demands for better clinics and training schools for feeble-minded children. A new...

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