mental deficiency


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Related to mental deficiency: mental retardation, Mentally handicapped
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(78) The Wood Report on Mental Deficiency, published in 1929, cited these ideas in its support of eugenic policy:
(Ed.), Ellis' handbook of mental deficiency, psychological theory and research (3rd ed., pp.
These include fears about, and solutions to, a perceived 'venereal epidemic'; growing concerns about 'juvenile delinquency'; and what many saw as an alarming rise in 'feeblemindedness' and 'mental deficiency'.
that psychiatry will sometime in the future give mental deficiency the attention that she is so much in need of." (13) Eighty years later, the field still struggles to provide psychiatrists with knowledge and experience in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
This report asserted that many of these state laws use outdated terminology and imprecise definitions, with eleven states assessing a parent's "emotional illness, mental illness and mental deficiency," a phrase commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s but considered inappropriate today.
She was sectioned under the 1927 Mental Deficiency Act.
Adults can't fully express their imaginations without others thinking they have some mental deficiency. Most adults can't play make-believe.
Prior to the 1960s, definitions of mental retardation, then referred to as mental deficiency or feeble mindedness, included an inability to adapt to the demands of normal life, an inability to care for oneself even into adulthood and assumed the requirement for external support or supervision (Benda 1954; Tredgold 1937).
As a result, the term has not only lost its meaning, but its use in political discourse has become a sign of mental deficiency on the part of those who employ it.
According to the university's research group, the congenital abnormality of KRAS and BRAF induces CFC syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by a distinctive facial appearance, congenital cardiac lesion, mental deficiency, and excessive keratinization.
'In Scottish law a contract is not binding if one party has a mental deficiency. There is no evidence to suggest that this Scottish practice does not work well,' he said.