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October 14, 1922

EXTRAORDINARY DEVELOPMENT OF THE TACTILE AND OLFACTORY SENSES: COMPENSATORY FOR LOSS OF SIGHT AND HEARING; WITH DEMONSTRATION OF THE REMARKABLE CASE OF WILLETTA HUGGINS

JAMA. 1922;79(16):1331-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160051017
Abstract

The recent communications of Prof. Joseph Jastrow1 of the University of Wisconsin denying unusual ability in the case of Willetta Huggins makes it imperative, in behalf of scientific facts, that we immediately publish what work has already been completed on the case. I had hoped to make our investigations more complete before publication, as we are still conducting experiments and making observations.

There can be no doubt that through all the ages that man has inhabited the earth, the dual affliction of deafness and blindness has often been borne by humankind. However, we have, prior to recent times, no authentic and detailed record of those so unfortunate. It is more than likely that few, if any, so afflicted congenitally ever lived beyond infancy or early childhood, for, under the iron rule of the survival of the fittest, they had no place in the scheme of human existence.

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