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A shepherd lad, bearing the above name, has occupied a liberal share of the scientific attention of Paris during the past few months. He has been under investigation by the French Academy, by the Sorboune and at the Salpêtrière, the verdict being that he is one of the first calculators of the century. Alfred Binet, in Revue des Deux Mondes, gives an interesting summary of examinations made by himself and Dr. Charcot. Although spoken of as "the Piedmontese shepherd lad" Inaudi is now twenty-four years of age. He is short and stout and has a large cranium. The young man is intelligent, converses with spirit, plays games with skill, and is much more than a mere calculating machine. A protracted anthropometric examination by Charcot shows a few insignificant signs of degeneration.
Inaudi did not learn to read and write until he was twenty years old. Yet when only twelve he
JACQUES INAUDI, A MODERN PRODIGY.. JAMA. 1892;XIX(16):474-475. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420160028004