Readership: Readers of popular science and those interested in the history of medicine and science.
David Wright, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Dr David Wright received his D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford and then specialised, as a Wellcome Trust post-doctoral fellow, in the history of medicine. He is currently the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, a joint position between the Department of History and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr Wright is the author and editor of six books on the history of mental health and psychiatry, including the first scholarly volume on the history of
mental disability: (with Anne Digby, eds.) From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Disabilities (Routledge, 1996).
"David Wright has written a concise, yet thorough, overview of Down syndrome-from its changing history to the ethical quandary that our current knowledge provides us." - Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Prologue: case study
1: The philosopher's idiot
2: Mongols in our midst
3: The Simian Crease
4: Trisomie vingt-et-un
5: Into the mainstream