Medicine: Quinine & Deafness

Of the 10,000,000 deaf people in the U. S., 3,000,000 are children. Of the 3,000,000 deaf children, almost 2,000,000 were born deaf. In the South twice as many congenitally deaf children are born in the last six months of a year as are born in the first six months.

In the second half of each year malaria is rife in the South. Quinine is the specific drug which victims of malaria take to combat that distressing disease. And quinine has a special, destructive effect on the auditory nerves.

Therefore, is it possible that quinine, seeping into the blood of the fetus when a...

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