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The Willowbrook Wars: Bringing the Mentally Disabled into the Community

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“The Rothmans deserve commendation… for taking some chances and for illustrating some of the realities that underlie contemporary public policy.”

—Edward Berkowitz, The Journal of American History

About the Author

Sheila M. Rothman is professor of public health in the Division of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Her books include Woman's Proper Place: A History of Changing Ideals and Practices, 1870 to the Present, and Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Experience of Illness in American History.



David J. Rothman is Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, professor of history, and director of the Center for the Study of Science and Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.  He is the author of numerous works, including The Willowbrook Wars, The Discovery of the Asylum, and The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Aldine Transaction (April 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0202307573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0202307572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Cooke on December 10, 2007
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You would think that helping those with special developmental needs is a no-brainer. Often though, it takes intuition, persistence and a passionate resolve to cut through institutional red tape and push through the social barriers that stand in the way of bringing resources to those in need.

"The Willowbrook Wars" is an extraordinary, historical account of people in the vanguard of reform. It is their story and it is compelling.

Throughout "The Willowbrook Wars," we are reminded that everyone has a right to respect and inclusion in his or her own community. This belief is as important today as it was thirty years ago. Today, costs of care are rising and fiscal resources are being diverted from social healthcare programs, so there is a natural, bureaucratic tendency to do the `cost effective' thing. But `entitlement' is not a dirty word; it's a hard-won right.

"The Willowbrook Wars" shares the struggles and joys of people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and advocates. For anyone in the field, this is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sirwilliam on March 23, 2012
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The Willowbrook Wars is a stirring, compelling, detailed, and well written account of the tireless struggle for the rights and deinstitutionalization of the mentally handicapped. My only criticism is that at times it seemed too detailed. Otherwise, it is very interesting and well-written.
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If you like history of important activities in the history of special education this book is for you.
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