[ Hearing Restored to a Patient Deaf and Dumb ] Dr. William James Almon
Date: Late 18th century; exact date unknown.
Source: Manuscript Notebook of Dr. William James Almon
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Source Origin: Almon Family Fonds | Reference: MG 1 / Microfilm Reel 10,045
Description of a Parisian youth treated with injections and perforations to cure his deafness, p. 242.
HEARING RESTORED TO A PATIENT
DEAF AND DUMB.
-- Paris. M. I[t]ard, phy-
scian to the [bussucion] of the Deaf and Dumb,
has performed an operation on a youth named
[Dietz], aged 15 years, who was deprived of the
enjoyment of hearing and of speech.--The mode
was by perforation of the ears. The first part of
the operation was performed on the 2d of last
July; the first injections were made four days
afterwards; they began to pass by the mouth on
the 12th. Young [Dietz], who before had been
insensible to the report of a cannon, gave towards
the end of the month signs of emotion, arising
from vertigo, and dullness in his head. A few
days afterwards he was capable of hearing speech.
At this acquisition he could not restrain his joy;
his eyes brightened and he seemed to have ob-
tained a new source of delight. Several words
were pronounced as lessons to him: these he re-
peated with tolerable facility. It was necessary
to habituate him gradually to his new powers lest
too strong and too numerous sensations should
have done as much harm as mild and gentle im-
pressions might do good. This fact was demon-
strated when a musical instrument was first
played before him, he was observed to tremble
to turn pale, and was ready to faint in a moment;
but quickly he experienced all the transports
arising from a pleasure the intensity of which
caused his checks to glow, his eyes sparkle, his
pulse to rise, his respiration to quicken; and, in
short which produced upon him a species of
intoxication and delirium.