Proceedings of the Illinois State Bar Association Volume 39

Proceedings of the Illinois State Bar Association Volume 39

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...Its purpose is to arouse an earnest discussion which may lead to a clearer understanding of an important problem. The first question naturally suggested is: "Who are defective delinquents?" In 1902 a bill was introduced in the Fifty-seventh Congress by Senator Hoar of Massachusetts, providing for the establishment of a laboratory for the study of abnormal classes. The bill provided that through this laboratory jurisprudential, sociological and pathological data should be collected, to the end that the causes of social evils might be sought out, with a view to lessening or preventing them. An effort was made to classify all persons who, for one reason or another, either voluntarily or involuntarily become a charge upon the State. There was at that time confined in orphan asylums, alms 'houses and hospitals in the United States, 123,646 persons; in institu-' tions for the insane and-feeble-minded, 168,854; in penal and reformatory institutions, 70,077; and in institutions for the blind, deaf and dumb, 82,806. At first, all persons who suflered from any physical or mental impairment of one or more of their faculties were called defectives. Later, because of objections urged by the blind, the deaf and the dumb, who claimed that they were as strong mentally as the average in_ any community, and that the word "defective" implied mental weakness, it was decided, to classify as defectives only those who were mentally deficient. This, however, did not remove the most serious obstacle in the way of a proper classification, for as no two individuals have the same facial expression, so no two have the same mental equipment, and there was no standard by which mentality might be measured. One man might be a genius, like...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839161
  • 9781236839169