Anecdotes of the Deaf Sir Walter Scott On The Deaf & Dumb
Sir Walter Scott in his novel "Peveril of the Peak," uses the...
A Deaf And Dumb Sculptor
There has just been placed outside St. Saviour's Church, for ...
Uneducated Deaf Mute's Ignorance Of God
Vauncey Thompson wrote after having been under instruction...
Deaf Dumb And Blind
An examination of students who were deaf, dumb, and blind too...
Lord Seaforth, who was born deaf and dumb, was to dine one da...
Acuteness Of Educated Deaf Mutes
One evening the senior class of girls and boys in a School fo...
The Bible And The Deaf And Dumb
The following is taken from the British and Foreign Bible Soc...
Grace Annable was deaf, dumb, and blind, and although her for...
Ordination Of Deaf Mutes In Philadelphia Usa
Nearly all the deaf mutes connected with the Protestant Episc...
A Deaf & Dumb Boy's Remarkable Dream
William Brennen, aged about fourteen and a-half years, hav...
A Deaf And Dumb Man In The Revision Court
On Thursday afternoon a singular scene was witnessed during t...
Rapid Bicycle Travelling
Yesterday week a young man named Sydney Cornwall, of Coventry...
The Entertainments given on Tuesday in the Pavilion by Deaf a...
An Interview With Laura Bridgman
We presume most of our readers will have read of Laura Bri...
Deaf Mutes In The Town And Country
Wilhelmi tried to ascertain by means of his statistics in wha...
The Queen And The Deaf And Dumb
Not far from Osborne House, Isle of Wight, there lives a poor...
The Little Deaf And Dumb Preacher
In a small town in Germany lived a locksmith and his wife,...
A Deaf And Dumb Clergyman
Among those who were ordained deacons on Trinity Sunday last ...
A Deaf Mute's Gratitude
M. Felix Martin, an artist, deaf and dumb from his birth, ...
Helen Silvie was a Scotch girl. She was born in the villag...
Causes Of Deaf-mutism
The intermarriage of blood-relations is doubtless one cause. In one
school for the deaf and dumb 25 per cent., in another 20 per cent., and
in others 15 per cent. of the pupils are said to be the off-spring of
marriages between blood-relations.
Davy mentions the following case observed by Meniere:--A married couple,
being cousins, who enjoyed excellent health, had eight children, of whom
four were born deaf mutes, another was idiotic, another died when five
years of age, and two others suffered from absolute deafness, which only
made its appearance later on.
In the Institution at Derby there are three sisters, and also a younger
sister at home, all born deaf and dumb, the parents being own cousins.
On the other hand, there are at the same Institution several children
having deaf and dumb brothers or sisters, where no relationship exists
between the parents, notably one family, in which both parents are
healthy, and in which there are four deaf and dumb children. In the same
county there are other cases of three, four, and even six in a family,
yet there has been no relationship between the parents. In addition to
the born deaf, measles, bronchitis, typhus, scarletina, and other
diseases are the causes of deafness, and consequently dumbness.
Cases are known to have resulted from lightning, fright, boxing on the
ears, and where young children have been allowed to fall on the head,
Damp houses are said to be a cause of deafness. In Paris among eight
children born in a family, five were born deaf, and these had all been
born in a damp house. The family who had previously lived in the same
house had three children, among whom were two born deaf and dumb. It is
sometimes said that certain unhealthy trades in which the parent or
parents are engaged are responsible for some of these cases, but the
only complete statistics are those of Nassau, the results of which are
Among 27 Pipe-makers 3 deaf mute children,
therefore 1 deaf mute to 9.0
" 146 Stonemasons 4 " " " 36.5
" 186 Brass-founders 5 " " " 37.2
" 106 Potters 2 " " " 53.0
" 590 Carpenters 8 " " " 73.7
" 176 Earthenware-makers 2 " " " 88.0
" 381 Sailors 3 " " " 127.0
" 1,716 Bricklayers 11 " " " 156.0
" 1,309 Smiths 7 " " " 187.0
" 374 Vat-coopers 2 " " " 187.0
" 1,894 Tailors 10 " " " 189.4
" 2,911 Shoemakers 15 " " " 194.0
" 1,614 Joiners 8 " " " 201.7
" 2,006 Vinters 9 " " " 222.8
" 514 Coopers 2 " " " 257.0
" 1,380 Bakers 5 " " " 276.0
" 49,201 Farmers 104 " " " 473.1
" 18,211 Labourers 24 " " " 758.8
Meckel says that in the families of tradespeople, who are constantly
exposed to a damp unhealthy atmosphere or other injurious influences,
deaf-mutism occurs most frequently. Moreover, Meckel has found that
deaf-mutism is more frequently met with in flour-mills than elsewhere.
Among 990 millers in Nassau, there were found eight deaf mutes, or one
deaf mute to 123.7.
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