The study of birth injury as a major cause of non-hereditary feeble-mindedness and as a category of mental subnormality is comparatively new but rapidly progressing. Some of the major aims of such a study have been to use orthopedic diagnosis and treatment and to perfect evaluation of mental examination methods for these cases as well as to develop better standards of measurement. The mental growth of these children is known to begin later and continue longer than that of other groups of defective children. This would indicate that training of a special type should begin early and continue beyond the usual limits. The value of muscle training in the earlier years of these children's lives seems to be proving its value as a means of opening windows for their intellectual growth. Outside of the value of such a study to the children involved, there is the point of view of scientific research which indicates the better understanding of the relation of all adjustment to cerebral structure.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Jewell, Alice A.
"Birth Injury in Relation to Mental Deficiency,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 40(1), 191-191.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol40/iss1/108