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The Foundations of Justice: Why the Retarded and The Rest of Us Have Claims to Equality.

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By Veatch Robert M.. . 210 pages. Oxford University Press; , New York: , 1986.. $24.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(1):127. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-1-127_1
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The question of how society should meet the myriad needs of the mentally retarded carries considerable moral and political import. Drawing upon the Judeo-Christian tradition, the author argues that the mentally handicapped have claims to more resources than they have been getting.

The book opens with the case of a retarded 10-year-old child who needs to have speech therapy sessions five times more frequently than the school board can afford. All seven chapters contain the term equality in their titles. The author argues, "we are all handicapped" and therefore responsible for ensuring "equality of outcome" to the less fortunate. Embracing


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