Thursday, November 22, 2007

Physiology in 1871

Description of the Brain of an Idiot, Journal of Anatomy and Physiology, 1871

via Mind Hacks;

Back in 1871, the term 'idiot' was a proper medical term. It referred to someone we would now describe as having learning disabilities or intellectual impairment.

As the word became used as an everyday form of abuse, it left the realms of medicine because it was deemed inappropriate, and has been replaced by seemingly more appropriate terms. There is a long history of this process and it continues to this day.

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