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Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation

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This classic photo essay of legally sanctioned human abuse in state institutions was written and photographed (1965) long before the current right-to-treatment lawsuits on behalf of institutionalized people.
Spiral-bound, 121 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Human Policy Press
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I find institutional history fascinating. It's not just a history of institutional care, but of society and what was observed as acceptable and normal. Below are my favorite quotes:
The question one might ask is, Is it possible to prevent these conditions? Although we are convinced that to teach severely retarded adults to wear clothes one must invest time and patience, we believe it possible to do so-given adequate staff. There is one more require- ment. The staff has to be convinced that reside...more
Aaron the Pink Donut
One of the most disturbing books I have ever read. This pictorial book -along with a number of TV exposés started the whole de-institutionalization movement of the mentally ill and disabled in the United States (for better or worse).
This book helped to start the break down of the US institutions for the intellectually disabled. Beware the pictures are really intense and can be upsetting.
Dec 03, 2007 Cathy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: special educators, historians
wow. that is all one can say.
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