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Excerpt from The Feeble-Minded: A Guide to Study and PracticeOne meets in the world with many human beings who do not appear to have attained to the average intellectual level of their social class. For the condition of such persons no veryMoreExcerpt from The Feeble-Minded: A Guide to Study and PracticeOne meets in the world with many human beings who do not appear to have attained to the average intellectual level of their social class. For the condition of such persons no very satisfactory designation is available, the terms actually employed being all open to objection either because they are indefinite or because, being definite, they are inaccurate. Degeneracy implies the falling from a higher estate, whereas it is the failure to reach the normal one which is the more obvious characteristic. Amentia errs in the other direction. It suggests that the defect observed is entirely due to laggard development- a suggestion which, as will be seen later, is not particularly well founded. Moreover, the term Amentia is widely used to denote states of confusional insanity. Mental Deficiency is too comprehensive, while Idiocy and Imbecility are too restricted in their application.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.