Medicine: Parents of the Blind

When a mother learns that her baby is blind, she usually reacts like a little girl taking care of a "sick" doll—she babies it, overprotects it, cushions it from bumps and bruises. Too often she feels shame and self-pity, and a vague sense of divine punishment. Chicago social workers had seen a lot of this: when they got the parents of a group of blind children together in 1948, they saw youngsters of four or five still being bottle-fed and in baby carriages.

Urged on by the social workers, a few parents of blind children set out to see what could be...

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