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"According to Treffert, the term idiot savant was first used to describe the condition in 1887 by John Langdon Down, who is known for his description of Down Syndrome.

During the late-19th and early-20th century, "Idiot" was a scientifically acceptable term to refer to a person whose IQ was less than 20.

The term idiot savant was later described as a misnomer because almost all reported cases since that time occur in persons with IQ more than 40.

The term autistic savant was also used during this time period as a diagnosis for this disorder.

Like idiot savant, the term autistic savant also became looked at as a misnomer because only one-half of those who were diagnosed at the time with savant syndrome were autistic.

Upon realisation of the need for accuracy within the diagnosis and dignity towards the individual, the term savant syndrome became widely accepted terminology." (Taken from Savant Syndrome on Wikipedia.

Referenced: Treffert DA (2009).

"The savant syndrome: an extraordinary condition.

A synopsis: past, present, future".

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364 (1522): 1351â€Â"7.


PMID 19528017.

Lay summary â€Â" Wisconsin Medical Society.)
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