THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE BLIND by

THE ADJUSTMENT OF THE BLIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By the author of the autobiographical By Eyes Have A Cold Nose and a clinical psychologist, this is a general description of the physical and mental functioning of the blind, a ""demolition"" of old fables, and an attack against the ""sighted world which maintains the social situation that distinguishes the lot of the blind man from all others"". This, in its historical aspects, traces the treatment of the blind back to ancient times, to the attitude of ostracism, the first asylums, the invention of Braille, and the gradual diminution of prejudice. There are the individual problems of adjustment, emotional, mechanical, psychological; there are the distinctions between the congenitally blind and the adventitiously blind; the types of organizations, agencies, programs operating today; and always the emotional reactions to be confronted in the sighted, the limitations of pity and charity, the injustice of regimentation and segregation...The first presentation of the prevailing, present day attitudes of the blind today who are determined to override their handicap, this is absorbing reading and is of course of particular interest to those in contact with this problem.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1950
Publisher: Yale