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Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (Medicine and Society) Paperback – December 19, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0520203570 ISBN-10: 0520203577

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Product Details

  • Series: Medicine and Society (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520203577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520203570
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This well-written history of mental retardation documents our changing perceptions of the 'feebleminded.' . . . This is must reading for anyone interested in this vital subject. Replete with shocking photographs and a 40-page reference list. A shattering document."--"Psychoanalytic Books

About the Author

James W. Trent, Jr. is Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Gordon College, Wenham Massachusetts.  He is also the co-editor of Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader, and the author of The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform.

More About the Author

James W. Trent, Jr. was born in Durham, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University. He has masters degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He completed his Ph.D. degree at Brandeis University. His first book, Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (1994) won the Hervey B. Wilbur Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. His second book, Mental Retardation in American: An Historical Reader (2004) was co-edited with Steven Noll. His latest book, The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform (2012)is a biography of a controversial and fascinating figure in the context of rapid social and political change. Trent is professor of sociology and social work at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I spent a good deal of time in libraries looking for information that was ALL CONTAINED IN THIS BOOK. Trent does an amazing job of piecing together a social/medical history of mental retardation. No medical book, no first person type accounts, no histories of institutionalization touched this book. This book draws from all the different disciplines to present a complete picture (as good history books do). It is highly readable and engaging. It's academic and rigorous yet entertaining. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2001
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James Trent has written an excellent comprehensive history of mental retardation in the U.S. Readers will also find pertinent photographs, and a full bibiography. This volume is a resource for students, human-services professionals, and historians. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
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I have been teaching classes on the history of residential facilities in America for several years. This book brings a new light to me, and to all of us who work for people with disabilities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
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After working in this field for ten years, I finally found something that gives me a history of what has happened to those that came before me and I am making it required reading for my staff.
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