The Age Of Deaf Mutes





The question is frequently asked, "Is there a greater mortality among

the deaf mutes than there is among the total population?"



The statistics so far published, on the whole, show a somewhat greater

mortality among the deaf and dumb than that among the total population.



It may, however, be stated that the deaf and dumb having to labour under

greater difficulties, generally succumb more easily in the struggle for

existence than their more favoured fellow-creatures.



In Bavaria, in 1871, there were 4,348 deaf mutes; 557 of these were

between 31 and 40 years of age; 556 between 41 and 50; and 852 were 50

years and upwards. In Prussia there were 23,579; of these 3,057 were

between 31 and 40 years of age; 2,540 between 41 and 50; and 3,609 were

50 years and upwards. In 1883, the North Midland Counties of England had

705 deaf and dumb: 148 of these were under 5 years of age; 83 were 15

years; 81 were 20 years; 227 were 25 years; 127 were 45 years; and 39

were 65 years and upwards.





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