Down's Syndrome: The Biography presents an accessible and entirely necessary history of Down's syndrome: the genetic condition diagnosed by John. Langdon Down that continues to affect a significant number of adults and children across the globe.
The story begins in Cornwall, the birth place of Langdon Down and travels back and forth through. the ages, from the Aztecs and the `idiots' of the medieval period, through the revolutions in science and medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries and their impact on contemporary thought about mental illness and learning disability, to the asylum movement, eugenics and subsequent postwar policies of inclusion and community provision. The book is thoroughly researched, and has compassion at its core, but avoids taking on an overly judgemental or sentimental tone. Instead, Chris Nancollas' writing is lively, witty and truly engaging, making for a fascinating and genuinely worthwhile read.
Chris Nancollas is a retired GP He has many years experience treating conditions such as Down's syndrome. This is his second book, his first being The Art of Consultancy.
A passionately interesting and well documented history of people with Down's syndrome and the way they have been seen, accepted and rejected, cared for and helped to develop all their potential.'
- Jean Vanier
An excellent starting point for anyone interested in understanding Down's syndrome. It deserves as wide a readership as possible.'
- Frances Young
` ... this powerful and compelling history of the condition will open your eyes to things that you may well not have seen before ... nor wanted to see. But in seeing properly we should be compelled to act differently. There are lessons from the past that we forget at our peril.'
- John Swinton