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A capillaroscopic investigation of mongolism Shalman, Denis Clarence


The purpose of the study was to determine the morphological capillary pattern of the mongoloids and compare this with another constitutionally retarded clincial group - the phenylketonurics- and the degree of deviation from the "normal" pattern. Photomicrographs were taken with capillary microscope and the capillaries were analysed into the ten basic morphological categories as set out by Gibson, Bosley and Griffiths (1956). It was concluded that the mongoloids and the phenylketonurics differed significantly in the amount of primitive immature configuration they displayed. The hypothesis of Powdermaker (1929) that structure is related to function, was found tenable through a capillaroscopic examination of scholastically retarded school children.

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