Feeble-mindedness: its Causes and Consequences

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    THIS is the most recent American work dealing in an authoritative and scientific manner with what is now known in this country as mental deficiency. Some years ago Binet and Simon devised a method of classifying mentally defectives according to the degree of intelligence they had attained, comparing the results of certain tests with those obtained from normal children of various ages. Thus, mentality 4 means that the patient has attained the intelligence of a child aged four years. This classification is adopted throughout the present work, certain general terms being used in accordance with the American general classification on the same basis. Patients of mentality 1 or 2 are called idiots, those of mentalities 3 to 7 are called imbeciles, and those from 7 to 12 are called morons.

    Feeble-mindedness: its Causes and Consequences.

    By Dr. H. H. Goddard. Pp. xii + 599. (New York: The Macmillan Co.; London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1914.) Price 17s. net.

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    Feeble-mindedness: its Causes and Consequences . Nature 95, 367–368 (1915) doi:10.1038/095367a0

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