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Partially clothed men standing and sitting.

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Title: Christmas In Purgatory, Page 26
From: Christmas In Purgatory: A Photographic Essay On Mental Retardation
Original caption: "Stupid or mentally deficient patients (during the early nineteenth century) because they seemed passively to endure whatever was inflicted upon them, gave rise to the popular assumption that they were insensitive to hunger, cold, and pain even though the opposite was proven by their obvious emaciation, by their frozen members, and by their dying from injuries. The result was that their suffering was looked upon as self-evident and unalterable while the significance of their plight was never fully appreciated.
Emil Kraepelin
Creator: Burton Blatt and Fred Kaplan (photographer)
Date: 1974
Source: Available at selected libraries