So what is up with the name? Seriously couldn't they have called it... Cool syndrome? Rock Star syndrome, Or maybe we are more alike than different syndrome?
Dariya really wanted to know where the name down syndrome came from so we did some research.
John Langdon Down was born in Cornwall England in 1828. At 25 he entered medical school, and after graduation he became an early advocate for humane treatment and therapy for the mentally handicapped.
He served as medical superintendent at the Royal Earlswood Asylum in Surrey, England, where he wrote the first paper identifying common traits among patients afflicted with what came to be called "Mongoloidism".
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In 1961 the editor of the British medical journal The Lancet proposed that the condition be renamed Down's Syndrome. In 1965 the World Health Organization redesignated the name to Down Syndrome.
After studying all the research materials Dariya wanted to let you know that we aren't "down" because we have 3, 21st chromosomes, we are just extra cute!
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