BLINDNESS by Reverend Thomas J. Carroll

BLINDNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Father Carroll has worked with the blind for twenty years, and his excellent, enlightened but unsentimental book is directed toward those who will also work in this field,- teachers, hospital personnel, social workers, doctors, as well as the families of those concerned. He does not discuss the medical aspects of blindness, but how it affects those who have lost their sight and the many ""losses"" which are entailed. Blindness is a kind of death, and it requires total rehabilitation- for which a ""total"" rehabilitation center is not only the best but the only answer. At some length, Father Carroll discusses the restoration (a term he prefers to rehabilitation) which must take place: of psychological security, personal independence, social adequacy, self-esteem; of one's basic skills as well as appreciation and enjoyment; of the blind man's work potential and work possibilities; etc., etc. Later chapters discuss the special problems of different age groups, of those with additional handicaps, of the work of different kinds of organizations and the St. Paul's Rehabilitation Center, of workers with the blind. It is definite, explicit and extremely aware, and should be of longstanding value in the areas in which it is to be used.