The field of mental retardation is quite broad, and the full range of disorders, treatment, and related diagnostic issues (e.g., assessment) cannot be realistically addressed within the confines of a single article. We have endeavored, however, to address many of the key issues inherent in this field, with a particular focus on historical foundations, definitional issues, etiological factors, and considerations such as comorbidity and treatment approaches. We also devoted significant discussion to several specific disorders, and it is believed that much of the future work in this field should address more homogeneous groupings of individuals with mental retardation. It is likely that this approach will be more informative for educators, clinicians, therapists, caseworkers, employers, and families. Even with its rich clinical and research history, this field holds great promise for future scientific advancement and improved clinical practice.

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