The Limits of the Medical Model: Historical Epidemiology of Intellectual Disability in the United States

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Introduction,nvesting in Science: Child Health and U.S. Medicine in the Twentieth Century,The Impact of Specific Medical Interventions,The Changing Definition of ID,The "Flynn Effect" and the Impact of Improved Public Health

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781405198288
StatePublished - Aug 18 2010



  • Causes of ID, with specific medical interventions
  • Federal spending for persons - with developmental disabilities
  • Historical epidemiology of ID in United States - not just counting persons with ID
  • Improving public policy for persons with disabilities - Eunice and Sargent Shriver
  • Intellectual disability - medical model and beyond
  • Limits of medical model, historical epidemiology of intellectual disability in United States
  • National Association of Parents and Friends of Mentally Retarded Children (later NARC) - disability rights on state and national level
  • Politics of projected prevalence of ID - affecting definition of ID.
  • United States and intellectual disability - issues for families and local governments
  • Value of scientific medicine - decline in childhood mortality

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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