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December 4, 1954

The Deaf and Their Problems: A Study in Special Education

JAMA. 1954;156(14):1373. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950140073027

This easily read account is the result of much searching of source material and interrogation of those who are experts in otology and the education of the deaf. Since it is written by a layman, it is down to earth and understandable. Even the anatomy is presented so simply and practically that it can readily be comprehended by a beginner; however, because some of the information has come to the author through clinicians a few slightly confused statements have resulted. Mr. Hodgson has apparently acquired an extraordinary understanding and a constructive sympathy for persons born deaf. He has made a thorough search of the literature pertaining to the congenitally deaf and added this knowledge to a broad background of classical literature. The book can best be described as a history of the social and educational problems of the deaf. It seems to have been written to emphasize the need for

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