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June 1944

Deafness and the Deaf in the United States, Considered Primarily in Relation to Those Sometimes More or Less Erroneously Known as Deaf-Mutes.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(6):561. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010580018

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This laborious work, a compilation of data on deafness, covers the topics "Causes," "Heredity," "Race," "Nativity," "Physical, Mental and Marital Conditions of the Deaf," "Legal Treatment," "Education," "Economic Condition," "Organization" and "Costs." The author, whose experience in the field is of long standing, has well nigh exhausted the factual side of the subject. It is regrettable, however, to wade through a book so full of statistics without finding a wealth of conclusions and recommendations that might be made. Without these the figures seem useless. Mr. Best feels that "we have no reason for disquiet" on the subject of intermarriage of deaf persons (a tender subject with deaf people); yet his figures show that the proportion of deaf children born to deaf parents is "only a little more than twice as great" as the proportion of deaf children born to normally hearing parents. It would seem that "twice as many" is

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