Medicine: Chromosomes & the Mind

Of the nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy, one is President of the U.S., but Daughter Rosemary, 44. has spent half of her life in a special nursing home because she is mentally retarded. The Kennedys used to think that Rosemary's plight was something to hide, but Old Joe finally decided. "It's best to bring these things out in the open." He lavishly endowed the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, which has spent $17 million on care for the retarded and research into the causes of their handicap.

Last week, with most of the Kennedys looking on, the President...

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