feeblemindedness


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feeblemindedness

 [fe″b'l-mīnd´ed-nes]
former name for mental retardation, now considered offensive.

feeblemindedness

An older term for:
(1) Mental retardation; or  
(2) Dementia.

While this term is widely used in “poetic” contexts, especially in classic literature, it is not used in the working medical parlance.
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48) Justice Holmes' opinion is most notable for the fact that he accepted and endorsed the eugenic theories without reservation, gave no thought to procreation as a right, and never questioned whether feeblemindedness was actually hereditary.
The past few years have witnessed a striking awakening of professional and popular consciousness of the widespread prevalence of feeblemindedness.
As Remondino said, "it may be a question as to whether the feeblemindedness be not a reflex condition from this excessive morbid irritability of the sexual organs.
Glueck, supra note 127, at 128 ("[Fitzherbert] suggested it merely as one of the convenient methods known to his day, of arriving at a judgment as to a person's feeblemindedness .
Anne Coughlin has thoroughly documented how in the nineteenth-century United States, the marital coercion defense was associated with theories of married women's total submission to their husbands' will, as well as with their feeblemindedness.
The animalization of people with feeblemindedness was perhaps most pronounced during the eugenic alarm period, when widespread institutionalization and sterilization were felt to be necessary means of controlling the procreation of the "moron" class (Gould, 1981; Kevles, 1985; O'Brien, 1999; Trent, 1994).
Feeblemindedness in women was believed to be related to early sexual maturation and sexual promiscuity.