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(1934). The Wild Boy of Aveyron. By Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard. Translated by Muriel Humphrey. Published by the Century Co., New York, 1932. Pp. 104. Price $1.25.. Psychoanal. Rev., 21(2):225-226.

(1934). Psychoanalytic Review, 21(2):225-226

The Wild Boy of Aveyron. By Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard. Translated by Muriel Humphrey. Published by the Century Co., New York, 1932. Pp. 104. Price $1.25.

We are very appreciative that this little classic has been translated and is now available in English. It is the story of the historically first great experiment in the education of the feebleminded by Itard, whose fame has come down through the years because of his efforts in this case because also that he was Seguin's teacher and that the principles that he worked out in attempting to educate this feebleminded boy, and later taught to Seguin, have been adopted in part by Madame Montessori and incorporated in her educational system applicable to normal children.

This is very worth while. It not only is historically important, but it is worth reading because it contains a detailed account of the application of the most ingenious methods in attempting to bring this boy, who Pinel recognized as imbecile, up to normal standards. Itard believed that culture and intelligence and moral standards were matters of the influence of the environment, and this boy who was found wandering in the woods about Paris, obviously a profound defective, was defective only because he had not had a chance and had been isolated from his fellows throughout his some twelve years of life.

The book teaches the enormous amount that can be accomplished in the education of the defective.

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