Excerpt from The Medical Times, Vol. 19: A Journal of Medical and Chemical Science, Literature, Criticism, and News; October 14th, 1848, to June 30th, 1849
The parishes hereabont have the reputation of being unhealthy, and a long catalogue of dis eases is enumerated as being well known in the district. This is not to be wondered at. With one fact, which I learned incidentally in the course of inqui into the distress of the cot tagers. I was muc struck, and I mention it with out wishing to draw any positive conclusion from it. In one of the cottages at Roag I found a blind woman with a family; and, in speaking about her condition, I found that no fower than seven blind women and one blind man were known to my companion in the parish of Dui rinish - none of whom had been born blind, and none of whom had lost their sight by smallpox. I wish to press no conclusion of mine on this sub ject on anybody; but it may surely be a conjee ture that a woman who sits from morn to night in a dark hole, enveloped in smoke and gazing into a strong peat fire, is certainly putting herself in the way of injuring her eyesight.
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