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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (Aug. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019956793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199567935
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.5 x 13.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one is likely to tell the story [of Downs syndrome] better than historian David Wright... David Wright's penetrating analysis has helped to inform numerous bioethical issues which stubbornly remain controversial in the twenty-first century." --Ian Dowbiggin, University of Prince Edward Island

"A fluently written account that offers an excellent historical introduction" --Lancet

"Downs: The History of a Disability is an elegantly written history of intellectual disability in general, and an admirable treatment of Down's Syndrome in particular." --Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

About the Author

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 a Professor of History at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, at McGill University. 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).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Important Book on Down Syndrome May 25 2012
By Paul Austin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My daughter, Sarah, was born 22 years ago. She has Down syndrome. I've read memoirs, and self-help books, but have not, until now, come across a well-written history of Down syndrome. I believe that family-members, health-care-providers, and historians will all find this book fascinating. Thank you, David Wright.
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By judith cullen - Published on
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I have lived with a Down sibling for 66 years. I didn't know there was so much I didn't know.Knowledge is powerful as is understanding ,and compassion . Learning the history of a disability assited me, sharpening my insight and awareness.
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High quality research and easy to read Sept. 22 2013
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Great historic review of intellectual disability services and insight into author's personal background. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7