A Brief History of Down syndrome - Part 7: Abused, Neglected, Forgotton

A Brief History of Down syndrome - Part 7: Abused, Neglected, Forgotton

"As World War II raged on, the number of admissions to institutions continued to increase. The amount of workers in the institutions continued to decrease however, as more men were being drafted every day for the war effort. Overcrowding quickly became the norm once again, with patients in hallways and even sharing beds. Without privacy, without comfort, without possessions, without support, patients were completely dehumanized and ready targets for abuse. Conscientious objectors, those citizens who refused to fight in the war for ethical reasons, were readily employed by the institutions to help fill the ranks. It is these people that began to expose the horrors of mass violence and neglect..."

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