It is suggested that the practice of attempting to normalise children with Down's syndrome by subjecting them to major facial plastic surgery has no therapeutic benefit, and should be seen as mutilating surgery comparable to female circumcision.
- Down's syndrome
- cosmetic surgery
- parental consent
- female circumcision
- male circumcision
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R B Jones, FRCP, FRCOphth, FRCPCH, is a Retired Consultant Paediatrician. Address for correspondence: 17 Dartmouth Row, London.