The terms 'mongol', 'mongolian', 'mongolism' and 'mongoloid' were used to describe people with Down Syndrome, and their facial features. It was one of the words used when describing intellectual and physical disability and one of the categories of 'mental deficiency' and 'feeble-mindedness'. People with this condition were also described as 'imbeciles'.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 24 April 2013, Last modified: 10 December 2013