Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: John Langdon Haydon Down

  • Down’s syndrome

    JMS Pearce Hull, England Fig 1. A patient at Earlswood photographed by Langdon Down. Via Alchetron. Amongst the residents he attended at Earlswood Asylum for Idiots in Redhill, Surrey, John Langdon Down in 1865 began to use an anthropological classification. He identified a group of patients who were mentally delayed and showed a remarkably similar,…

  • Historical reflections on cause, responsibility and blame in medicine

    William R. Albury New England, Armidale, Australia   Debauchery and disease In the early years of British settlement in Australia the colonial authorities regarded drunkenness as one of the major evils of the day. Their preoccupation with this social problem was mirrored by the concern of the colony’s medical men with drunkenness as a cause…