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by David Wright

For 150 years, Down Syndrome has constituted the archetypal mental disability, easily recognisable by distinct facial anomalies and physical stigmata. In a narrow medical sense, Down Syndrome is a common disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British asylum medical superintendent who described the syndrome as 'Mongolism' in a series of lectures in 1866. In 1959, the disorder was identified as a chromosome 21 trisomy by the French paediatrician and geneticist J�r�me Lejeune and has since been known as Down Syndrome (in the English-speaking world) or Trisomy 21 (in many European countries). But children and adults born with this chromosomal abnormality have an important collective history beyond their evident importance to the history of medical science.David Wright, a Professor in the History of Medicine at McMaster University, looks at the care and treatment of individuals with Down Syndrome - described for much of history as 'idiots', - from Medieval Europe to the present day. The discovery of the genetic basis of the condition and the profound changes in attitudes, care, and early identification of Down Syndrome in the genetic era, reflects the fascinating medical and social history of the disorder.
Download Down's Syndrome: The History of a Disability (Biographies of Disease) epub
ISBN: 019956793X
ISBN13: 978-0199567935
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: David Wright
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2011)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1491 kb
FB2 size: 1773 kb
Rating: 4.1
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A very nicely written book detailing the history of Down syndrome and the historical methods of care (or lack thereof) of persons carrying this extra chromosome. I recently wrote a short memoir of growing up with my brother who had Down's and I found Mr. Wright's book very helpful. I have a bad habit of putting Post-it notes on book pages so that I can readily find passages I want to remember. My copy of Mr. Wright's book has so many Post-it tags that I can barely turn the pages. A very good resource, sensitively communicated.
S. Prater
It’s a great and informative book.
I have lived with a Down sibling for 66 years. I didn't know there was so much I didn't know.Knowledge is powerful as is understanding ,and compassion . Learning the history of a disability assited me, sharpening my insight and awareness.
Great historic review of intellectual disability services and insight into author's personal background. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 sliver
My daughter, Sarah, was born 22 years ago. She has Down syndrome. I've read memoirs, and self-help books, but have not, until now, come across a well-written history of Down syndrome. I believe that family-members, health-care-providers, and historians will all find this book fascinating. Thank you, David Wright.