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October 27, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(17):1456-1458. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650170054027

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The Problem of the Deaf and the Deaf Mute  The number of deaf mutes in this country is not definitely known, but is estimated at about 5,000, or less than 1 per thousand of the population. But the number of deaf persons, i. e., those who lost their hearing after having learned to speak, is much higher, and has been markedly increased by the war. Not only shell shock, but actual injuries to the external or conducting apparatus or to the nerves, has resulted in relative frequency of deafness in persons who served at the front. Until lately there was little done in the shape of organized welfare care for these patients. But with the formation of a society called "Vox," which has assumed the task of assisting the deaf and deaf-mute, a long step forward has been made. The existing schools and institutions for deaf mutes cooperate with this

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