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December 13, 1919

Disease of the Ear in School Children. An Essay on the Prevention of Deafness.

JAMA. 1919;73(24):1853. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610500043030

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Love discusses the school clinic as carried out in Glasgow, where children with ear trouble are treated. Such clinics save the child and the parent the loss of time necessitated by going to a hospital dispensary for treatment. This is an important economic consideration, as it usually means the loss of half a day to both the children and the parent to receive treatment at the hospital dispensary. Separate chapters are devoted to a discussion of the relation of the exanthems and hereditary syphilis to ear trouble. The most interesting chapter is the one devoted to hereditary deafness. In this the author applies the principle of the mendelian theory of heredity to hereditary deafness and makes a strong plea for the education of the public on the inevitable result of the propagation of deafness by marriages of people suffering from a hereditary form of deafness. He is dealing only with

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