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Communicating with deaf people: risk of ill health is increased

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6612

During the editing of this letter by Jeetesh V Patel (BMJ 2010;341:c5986 doi:10.1136/bmj.c5986) we converted the author’s use of “Deaf” (capital D) to “deaf” (lower case d), thus losing some of his intended meaning. The author had used Deaf to indicate he was talking about profoundly deaf people who use sign language. The BMJ article that had prompted his letter to the BMJ (BMJ 2010;341:c4672, doi:10.1136/bmj.c4672) contains a clarification (in box 1) of the distinction between Deaf and deaf: “People who call themselves Deaf (with an upper case ‘D’) usually use sign language as their first language and consider themselves ‘culturally’ deaf (that is, they regard deafness as a difference in human experience rather than a disability). They usually have profound deafness, which may be congenital. They may use some lipreading but often prefer to communicate directly in sign language; they may gain little benefit from written material.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6612

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