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Report on Fifty-Two Border-Line Cases in the Rome State Custodial Asylum: Made to the State Board of Charities at Its Special Meeting, Held December ... on Idiots and Feeble-Minded (Classic Reprint)
When theS tate Board of Charities Committee on Idiots andF eeble-M inded made ita annual visit to the Rome State Custodial A ayliim in October, 1913, Dr. Bernstein, the superintendent, brought to the attention of the committee a group of fifty-two children, many of whom he conflidered border-line cases. These children being cleanly and nicely dressed,...
When theS tate Board of Charities Committee on Idiots andF eeble-M inded made ita annual visit to the Rome State Custodial A ayliim in October, 1913, Dr. Bernstein, the superintendent, brought to the attention of the committee a group of fifty-two children, many of whom he conflidered border-line cases. These children being cleanly and nicely dressed, appeared casually not only more intelligent than the other inmates of the asylum, but to the committee looked like an average group of orphan asylum children, alU iough a number were mouth-breathers. The committee became deeply interested in the matter and unanimously felt, in the interest of humanity, that it was of the utmost importance that each case be thoroughly investigated, for if, in a single instance, there was normality, it would be inhuman to stigmatize such a child as feeble-minded by committing it to a custodial asylum, and also it would be a sufficient compensation for all the labor and expense if even one of these children could be saved from the unhappy fate of condemnation to permanent association with the feeble-minded and the idiotic. It was also believed that a thorough investigation into the individuality of each of such a number of eases ought to furnish some material for reference and comparison to the investigator into similar matters. There had been brought to the attention of the members of the committee the question whether or not superintendents of the poor were too ready and willing to place normal, or nearly normal, children inS tate institutions for the idiotic or the feeble-minded, to save the counties the expense of caring for them in orphan asylums ;so that the first question which the committee resolved was of importance in the matter, was to investigate the facts as to the eommitmeut of the children. These particular fifty-two children had been received from twenty-four count(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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