Protecting the social body: use of the organism metaphor in fighting the "menace of the feebleminded".

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Although persons with developmental disabilities living in the United States have been treated in a pejorative manner at various times throughout the nation's history, the eugenics era (1900-1930) stands out as a time when such individuals-then referred to as "feebleminded"--were subject to particularly extreme indignities. Numerous methods of dehumanizing… (More)

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@article{OBrien1999ProtectingTS, title={Protecting the social body: use of the organism metaphor in fighting the "menace of the feebleminded".}, author={Gerald V O'Brien}, journal={Mental retardation}, year={1999}, volume={37 3}, pages={188-200} }