Medicine: Sight Without Eyes

Reports from France indicate that French surgeons have achieved some measure of success in teaching the blind to see with parts of their bodies other than their eyes.

Two patients, blind from infancy, were tested. Both have been under training for some time. They were blindfolded during the tests to make sure that they were not suffering from merely defective eyesight. One was able to trace with his forefinger figures and designs drawn on a brightly illuminated glass globe. The other could detect general directions, but could not yet distinguish figures clearly.


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