August 1971

Congenital Deafness: A New Approach to Early Detection of Deafness Through a High Risk Register.

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By Franklin O. Black, MD, La-Vonne Bergstrom, MD, Marion Downs, MA, William Hemenway, MD. Price, $5. Pp 72, with 38 illustrations. Colorado Associated University Press 1424 15th St, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo 80302, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(2):182. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110020116025

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This small volume is devoted to an outline listing, well illustrated and documented with 11 pages of bibliography, of the causes of hearing impairment having a genetic origin or related to trauma incurred during fetal life or at birth. It ends with a 4 page form for noting those factors which might be associated with a risk of hearing impairment. There is no index.

The book makes no attempt to consider the much neglected area of hearing impairment in childhood secondary to nasal disease producing middle ear damage. The authors do not consider the relative importance of this type of hearing impairment as related to "congenital deafness." Since the establishment of their "high risk register" would entail a considerable expenditure of effort and money one wonders whether the same expenditure might pay greater dividends to the public health if directed at the more common causes of hearing problems.

The register

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