December 1961


Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(6):891-892. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010893013

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To the Editor: In reading your confounded "Confounded Genetic Information Department" I find myself questioning the concept of "mongoloid hamsterism." Simply because the hamsters specified are brachycephalic and occasionally have slanted eyes, exophthalmos, and live amicably one with another is not sufficient evidence that they correspond to mentally retarded human beings. The claim rests too largely on the name rather than the evidence. Moreover, the condition is not congenital, and no associated anomalies of the iris, heart, or digits tend to validate the diagnosis of mongolism—oops, I mean phenotypical, trisomy 21 anomaly.

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