As usual a great many names have been applied
to this disease, most of them giving prominence to
certain symptoms or set of symptoms, to the exclusion of others less marked, hut equally characteristic of the condition.
The name commonly adopted by English writers
and which has been used as the title of this essay,
Cretinism, makes no special reference to any particular symptoms,but has general reference to the
whole set of symptoms which are met with in this
disease, and on this account the most simple appellation is to be preferred.