By A.S. Bellack, Michel Hersen
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Endocrinologist Rosalyn S. Yalow developed techniques for the radioimmunoassay of peptide hormones. Among other uses, these procedures allowed the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease in newborn infants before any signs of cretinism appeared. She won a Nobel prize for this work in 1977. New imaging technology is one of the fastest growing areas of assessment. Computerized tomography (CT), for example, is a noninvasive procedure that enables one to view the brain in cross-section and to visualize neuronal structures there as well as tumors, areas of hemorrhage, and so on.
Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Immunology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, and Paul D. Parkman developed a rubella vaccine that proved to be an effective preventive measure. It undoubtedly prevented a large number of fetal malformations, stillbirths, and cases of mental retardation, deafness, and other severe disabilities. Finally, pediatricians Porter W. Anderson, Jr. and David Smith, together with immunologists John Robins and Rachel Schneerson, developed a vaccine against Hemophilis influenzae type b (Hib), the agent causing bacterial meningitis and responsible for death, deafness, and mental retardation among children (Holden, 1996).
Williams (1959) illustrated the use of extinction procedures to eliminate tantrum 35 behaviors in a child at bedtime. Such advice about how to deal with tantrums is now routine in behavioral parent-training programs. º In 1962, psychologist Montrose Wolf went a step further to design a token economy at Ranier School, an institution for persons with retardation, in Washington. Ayllon and Azrin (1968) did the same thing for all types of state hospital patients. In the 1970s Wolf designed what came to be called the Achievement Place model, a type of family group home for youngsters considered to be at risk for delinquent outcomes.
Comprehensive Clinical Psychology by A.S. Bellack, Michel Hersen