Author Libby Weaver apologises over ‘mongolism’ in book

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Libby Weaver

A bestselling author has removed 20,000 copies of her new book, that used a tenure “mongolism” to report Down’s syndrome.

Celebrity nutritionist Libby Weaver apologised and pronounced she was “mortified to have caused anyone any distress”.

The Australian, who has created several bestselling books, pronounced she had no thought a word was descent and not correct.

The tenure “mongolism” was used until a 1980s. The medical tenure now used is Down’s Syndrome or Trisomy 21.

Ms Weaver posted a video summary on her website observant that she used a word in her latest book What Am we Supposed to Eat?, meditative it “was a stream medically used word”.

“It has given been brought to my courtesy it is a word that is used in a derogative approach and we am very, really contemptible to have caused anyone any trouble by this error, quite children with Down Syndrome and their families,” she said.

The author, who is formed in Australia and New Zealand, combined that people who had already bought a duplicate a book could lapse it for a refund, internal media reported.

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“The tenure mongolism is an old-fashioned and descent tenure that was used historically to impute to Down syndrome,” Dr Ellen Skladzien of Down Syndrome Australia told a BBC.

“There has been accord for many decades that this is not an suitable tenure to report people with Down syndrome,” she explained.

“I am gratified to see that a book that utilized this inapt tenure has been cold and that a author has apologised.”

While many people have 23 pairs of chromosomes, people with Down’s have an additional duplicate of chromosome 21, that means they rise differently and have varying levels of training disability.

Down’s was initial personal in a 1860s by British medicine John Lagdon Down, who used a tenure “mongoloid” for it.

In new decades, a tenure was transposed by Down’s syndrome as it was deliberate derogative and offensive.