October 1978

The Mongoloid Child: Recognition and Care

Author Affiliations

Child Development Service University of Massachusetts Medical Center 55 Lake Ave N Worcester, MA 01605


by Christof Wunderlich, translated and edited by Royal L. Tinsley, Jr, Thomas R. Harris, and Dorothy I. Marquart, 184 pp, $12.50 ($5.95 paper), Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 1977.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(10):1046. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120350114033

Christof Wunderlich's book, The Mongoloid Child, mixes precise, established fact with his poetic license as an author and his deep feelings as the father of a youngster with Down's syndrome. While this sensitive combination serves him in good stead in his description of the role of the physician in the care of a child with Down's syndrome, it serves as a deterrent when he utilizes unproved medical means to assist the family in the growth and development of the child. He advocates the use of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements to improve their "physical condition" and also concludes that "their capacity noticeably increases." Similarly, he uses sociocultural methods such as early marriage and "reduction of women's occupational activities following marriage" in lieu of proved methods such as prenatal diagnosis and abortion as methods of decreasing the incidence of Down's syndrome. As a matter of fact, nowhere in his book does

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