He'll be slow

narumaru

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China
My troubles became no less when, at least four months after Paul’s birth, I heard this coming up the stovepipe—cooler now, for spring was well advanced:
“I think little Paul is going to pull through.
He’ll be slow, the doctor says, but he’ll be all right.”
“You must be pleased. It’s mostly your doing.”
(Fifth Bisiness by Robertson Davis)

Hi, all. Could you tell me what "He'll be slow" means in here. I wasn't sure whether this means he will be intellectually handicapped, or slow in something else.

Thanks for your help.

narumaru
 
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    I would say that there will be some sort of mental impairment. I think that any suggestion that he will run the 100-meter dash a bit slower would appear in context.
     
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