image american journal of otology_microtia_figure 2
Image number: RS.11808
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of a child of J.M.C.



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Library reference

American Journal of Otology_Microtia_Figure 2




height (print): 93mm
width (print): 59mm


Content object

human body
   > ear


Head and shoulders portrait, seated and in profile, of a young girl of with microtia, an underdevelopment (from birth) of the pinna, or outer ear. The sitter faces to the right as viewed, dressed in a velvet and lace dress, with her hair pinned up.

One of three medical case studies from the paper ‘Microtia’, by David Hunt, The American Journal of Otology: a quarterly journal of physiological acoustics and aural surgery, edited by Clarence J. Blake, v.3 (1881), pp.3-11.

The accompanying text describes the patient’s condition: ‘Case II. - Child of J.M.C. There is a general likeness to Case I, but the indentation there mentioned is so deep that it seems as if the malformed organ were reversed and the anterior surface of the auricle presented backward; in other words, the indentation is so deep as to resemble the fossa conchae.’

The photograph is uncredited, however the author states that ‘By the courtesy of Dr. Clarence J. Blake, I have been afforded the opportunity of inspecting photographs of three cases of malformation of the auricle.’

Dr Clarence John Blake (1843-1919) American physician and ear specialist of Boston; inventor of the ear phonautograph, with Alexander Graham Bell.

Dr David Hunt (1845-1907) American physician, studied at Harvard University and practised in Boston, Massachusetts.

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