Into Darkness and Silence: What Caused Helen Keller's Deafblindness?

Authors:
Janet R Gilsdorf
Janet R Gilsdorf
University of Michigan
United States

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Oct;67(9):1445-1449

Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

In 1882, at 19 months of age, Helen Keller developed a febrile illness that left her both deaf and blind. Historical biographies attribute the illness to rubella, scarlet fever, encephalitis, or meningitis. This analysis of her illness suggests she likely had bacterial meningitis, caused by Neisseria meningitidis or possibly Haemophilus influenzae.

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