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The Memory Keepers Daughter is a book that is heart-wrenching and knows just the right place to pull at your heart strings However there are things you need to know before getting to far in this book The daughter Phoebe was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome a condition where there is an extra chromosome in the human cells The book takes place from 1964 through 1989 back in these times the technology was not as advanced as it is today which causes the medical treatments to be differ from todays practices Downs syndrome is a condition where the human being has an extra chromosome in every cell in their body The cause of Downs syndrome is still to this day is unknown Approximately 5 of the Downs Syndrome cases are the extra chromosome traced back to the father The extra chromosome causes there to be low muscle tone small stature an upward slant to the eyes but every person with down syndrome may possess characteristics and to different degrees of showing them Downs syndrome is a very common genetic disorder and posses many medical threats on the child and many practices have been used throughout the years to try to treat itMedical practices werent always as advanced as they are now days back in the beginning of the 20th century it was very common for people with Downs syndrome to be institutionalized The institutions children with Downs syndrome were kept in were very unclean and did not have the best doctors and nursing staff During most of the children stay and institutes most died as an infant of in very early young adulthood Though as time progressed practices have improved and institutions were closed and life expectancies rose and now most people with Downs syndrome can live a full healthy life
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