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Blank, H.R. (1962). Blindness, what it Is, what it Does, and How to Live with it: By Rev. Thomas J. Carroll. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1961. 382 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 31:563-565.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:563-565

Blindness, what it Is, what it Does, and How to Live with it: By Rev. Thomas J. Carroll. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1961. 382 pp.

Review by:
H. Robert Blank

The founder and director of St. Paul's Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Boston has given us a rich distillate of twenty years of dedicated creative work. The book is a milestone in rehabilitation of the blind. It can be read with profit by anyone engaged in or preparing for professional work with other handicapped people. It is suitable as a text for lecture and seminar courses, and for in-service training, in rehabilitation centers, social agencies, clinics, and professional schools. It is a beautifully written, instructive, and challenging document for any literate person, including the blind.

The psychoanalyst working with, or hesitantly considering joining, a rehabilitation center or social agency serving the physically handicapped will find the volume immediately useful: first, because of the wealth of facts pertaining to blindness, to the physically handicapped in general, and to the complex processes of rehabilitation; and second, because the average physician is poorly equipped for genuine multidisciplinary teamwork and tends to function, and be looked upon, as a distant consultant or detached expert who is called in to handle crises. Carroll's book and the operation of St. Paul's Rehabilitation Center provide theoretical and clinical chapter and verse on professional teamwork in rehabilitation. Too often these fashionable terms represent mere babbling or impressive lip-service.

Although he does not attempt to delineate a systematic psychological approach, Carroll's grasp and utilization of psychoanalytic knowledge is striking.

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