A group of deaf-mute families from Maine

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Title

A group of deaf-mute families from Maine

Subject

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Eugenics
Genealogical tables

Description

As part of his research on deafness, Alexander Graham Bell made statistical analyses of the deaf-mutes and determined that deafness was hereditary and that the number of intermarriages between deaf-mutes was high and growing. He concluded that “if the laws of heredity that are known to hold in the case of animals also apply to man, the intermarriage of congenital deaf-mutes through a number of successive generations should result in the formation of a deaf-mute variety of the human race…. The indications are that the congenital deaf-mutes of the country are increasing at a greater rate than the population at large; and the deaf-mute children of deaf-mutes at a greater rate than the congenital deaf-mute population.”Bell went on the speculate about the possibility of legislation to forbid the intermarriage of deaf-mutes but favored determining the causes of intermarriage and discouraging or removing them.

Bell presented his findings to the National Academy of Sciences on November 13, 1883, and his work was subsequently printed as part of the Academy’s Memoirs series. This copy of Bell’s Memoir formerly belonged to Dr. Henry Pickering Bowditch.

Abstract

Chart showing deaf-mute families, found on page 33 of Alexander Graham Bell's Memoir upon the formation of a deaf variety of the human race

Creator

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922

Date Created

1885

Rights

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Is Part Of

Harvard Medical Library Rare Books Collection (f 29.E.1885.1)

References

Full text available online here through the Medical Heritage Library

Format

image

Extent

1 chart

Language

English

Type

still image

Identifier

0001936

Provenance

Gift of Dr. Henry Pickering Bowditch to the Library of Harvard Medical School

Files

0001936_dref.jpg

Citation

Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 , “A group of deaf-mute families from Maine,” OnView, accessed June 14, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6218.