Looking backward, looking forward: Mental retardation and the question of equality in the new millennium.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
J. David Smith, Professor, Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The writer considers the influence that the growing power of genetic science may bring to bear on people with mental retardation. Within the next century, the eradication of what are thought to be diseases, disorders, and defects may be possible. As a result, it is crucial to decide whether mental retardation is seen as a condition that needs to be prevented in all circumstances or as part of the spectrum of human variation. As genetic intervention techniques abound, there is a danger that people with mental retardation will be further devalued.

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Language: English
Date: 2000
developmental disabilities, genetic science, genetic intervention

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