So Long as They Grow Out of It: Comics, The Discourse of Developmental Normalcy, and Disability

  title={So Long as They Grow Out of It: Comics, The Discourse of Developmental Normalcy, and Disability},
  author={Susan Merrill Squier},
  journal={Journal of Medical Humanities},
  • S. Squier
  • Published 4 April 2008
  • Art, Philosophy
  • Journal of Medical Humanities
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