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John Langdon Down’s (1828–1896, Fig. 4) ethnical classification can be appropriately inserted in this context. Although the classification was not itself particularly successful, it was expanded in a paper in which ‘‘Mongolian idiocy’’ is described for the first time. As we all know, the definition of ‘‘Mongolian’’ to refer to people affected with this condition, survived until a few decades ago in medical practice and even 14 Neri and Tiziano Figure 4 Photograph of Dr. John Langdon Down (1826–1896).
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