If the condition is genetic, then the person is born with the mental handicap
. However, if the mental handicap
is from a brain injury, it may occur early in life, as in the case of an injury during the birth process, or later in life as a result of something like a car or bicycle accident.
In this and many other ways, the book shows that rigorous philosophical analysis is relevant to how actual people in our society think about mental handicap
. Byrne examines a wide range of philosophical and ethical issues concerning mental handicap
in a resourceful and constructive way.
Pre-birth diagnosis of Down's syndrome, a disorder caused by an extra chromosome which leads to physical and mental handicap
, involves extracting amniotic fluid for testing using a needle inserted into the abdomen.
A distinguished South African expert in the mental health field describes Alant's extraordinary drive and compassion, adding: "I'm amazed that she has devoted so much time and effort to children with a profound mental handicap
, a group perhaps the farthest away from the thoughts of the public and donors in South Africa."
During argument in the Supreme Court of Canada in Rodriguez, questions were asked by the judges: "Why limit suicide to the terminally ill?" "Why limit euthanasia to the conscious?" "Why not for physical or mental handicap
?" "Why not for crime or political persuasion?" "Why limit agents to doctors?" No sound answer could be given.
All applicants receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, physical or mental handicap
, political affiliation, age (with statutory exceptions), or any other nonmerit factor.
Subtle chromosome rearrangements had occurred in 21 children with a moderate to severe mental handicap
, a frequency of 7.4 percent.
Psychosis in mental handicap
. British Journal of Psychiatry, 130, 525-533.
Botton Village began in the early 1950s as the dream of one visionary man--Dr Karl Konig, an Austrian doctor with an international reputation for his work with children with a mental handicap
Victims normally suffer severe mental handicap
and stunted growth - and die within a few years.
Finally, Sinason gives her consideration to people with 'mental handicap
'; her case studies are illuminating examples of the strong feelings of discrimination, frustration and anger that may be experienced by these people and their caters.