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SEGUIN, Edward.

Idiocy: and its Treatment by the Physiological Method.

William Wood & Co., New York , 1866 Stock Code: 50412
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First edition of the first book published in America dealing with the care and institutional management of those with learning disabilities. Under the influence of the teachings of Itard and Esquirol, both of whom he studied under, which stressed the humane treatment of the insane, Seguin developed methods for managing intellectual disabilities that emphasized education and physical training. "Seguin's system of training was based on the methodology of physiological education. It was his theory that idiocy (or feeblemindedness, as we term it today) is only a prolonged infancy, and that it could be overcome through the application of proper training methods. For a long time he cherished the belief that mental defect was curable. While later results showed this notion to be untenable, the same results did confirm the great value of his educational methods in improving the condition" (Deutsch Mentally Ill in America, p. 338). Seguin's programme at his Physiological School in New York City, where he stressed the importance of developing self-reliance and independence, was a major influence on the educational theories of Maria Montessori. An important and highly uncommon book.

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Octavo. Original brown pebble-grained cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panelling to the boards.


A little rubbed and sunned, neatly rebacked with the original spine laid down.


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