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From the 1960 World Book Encyclopedia:*
Mongolism is a form of mental deficiency characterized by certain bodily abnormalities. A flattened face and bolded upper eyelids give the patient an Oriental appearance. Other abnormal body features include a small, round head; short arms and legs; a large abdomen; and thick, stubby hands, with the little fingers often short and turned inward.
Few Mongoloids have a mental age greater than that of a 4-year-old child. But they are quiet, good-natured, and affectionate. They die at an average age of 14 years. The cause of Mongolism is not known. But doctors believe it results from abnormal functioning of glands that regulate growth and maturation. The defect is thought to be related to a hormone deficiency in the mother during pregnancy.
George A. Ulett