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April 12, 1924

MONGOLISM IN SUCCESSIVE MEMBERS OF THE SAME FAMILY

Author Affiliations

New York Assistant Visiting Laryngologist, New York City Children's Hospital; Assistant Visiting Laryngologist, St. Joseph's Hospital; Surgeon, Ear, Nose and Throat Department of the Stuyvesant Polyclinic

JAMA. 1924;82(15):1196-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520410003015b

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Abstract

The two cases described in this paper were referred for difficulty in breathing and nasal obstruction. Though they do not come within the province of the laryngologist, the rarity of mongolism in two members of the same family warrants their report.

REPORT OF CASES  Robert P. and Edward P., aged, respectively, 11 and 8 years at the time of the examination, July 27, 1923, could not talk, did not seem to understand the questions put to them, and were very destructive. The inability to talk and the fact that they kept their mouths continually open induced the parents to believe that there was some nasal or vocal obstruction.The father was 45, born in Italy, a citizen, and of normal mental and physical make-up. The mother was 45, and born in Italy. She showed no abnormality. The parents had been in the United States twenty-five years. The paternal grandfather and

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