Anecdotes of the Deaf A Sad Case
T---- L---- lived near Derby. Hers was a sad case--deaf, d...
Cork Temperance Exhibition
The following were won by deaf mutes:--Both certificate and p...
Corot And His Pupil
Corot the Artist had a deaf and dumb pupil. The young fellow ...
A Thought Of The South Sea Islanders
Among some of the islands of the South Sea the compound word ...
A Deaf And Dumb Sculptor
There has just been placed outside St. Saviour's Church, for ...
The Deaf And Dumb Both Heard And Spoke
Vincent Ogden was recently charged with begging, under the pr...
A Mate For Laura Bridgman
Hetty Hutson lives in the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvan...
Fatal Accident To A Deaf And Dumb Bride On The Day Of Marriage
The following is taken from the Manchester Mercury and Harrop...
A Deaf Mute's Heroism
About five o'clock on Sunday afternoon several gentlemen s...
The Age Of Deaf Mutes
The question is frequently asked, "Is there a greater mortali...
A Deaf And Dumb Boy And His Brother
Brownlow Harrison, a bright little boy who had spent a few ye...
Deaf Dumb And Blind
An examination of students who were deaf, dumb, and blind too...
The Little Demerarian
A little coloured deaf and dumb girl in Demerara came to M...
Julia Brace, a deaf, dumb, and blind woman, who died in Augus...
Pictures By Deaf And Dumb Artists In The Royal Academy 1876
No. 1301. "Despatches." T. Davidson.
" 30. "...
The Little Deaf And Dumb Preacher
In a small town in Germany lived a locksmith and his wife,...
Deaf And Dumb Lady's Idea Of Music
A lady who graduated from the Institution at New York some...
The Earl Of Shaftesbury
At a meeting in aid of the deaf and dumb held in Dundee, at w...
At a meeting held in a country village in aid of the Deaf and...
A Deaf And Dumb Sculptor At Brussels
A deaf and dumb sculptor named Van Louy de Canter has recentl...
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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