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´Little House´ illness, explained:
Laura Ingalls Wilder´s sister Mary
went blind from brain disease,
not scarlet fever, new research reveals

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 2/4/2013 4:24:32 PM

Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder´s beloved "Little House" books knows how the author´s sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn´t the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories. An analysis of historical documents, biographical records and other material suggests another disease that causes swelling in the brain and upper spinal cord was the most likely culprit. It was known as "brain fever" in the late 1800s, the setting for the mostly true stories about Wilder´s pioneer family. Scarlet fever was rampant and feared at the time

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mossley, 2/4/2013 4:40:23 PM     (No. 9158240)

The researcher should have done some research. It´s been well-known for years that Mary´s blindness was from a form of meningitis. Any number of blogs or books on Wilder´s life would have had that information.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CEP, 2/4/2013 4:54:15 PM     (No. 9158288)

"Tarini is the author of a study that suggests that Mary Ingalls, sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, went blind from a meningitis-like disease and not scarlet fever."

#1, that is what the researcher concluded.




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Reply 3 - Posted by: shepsmum, 2/4/2013 4:59:52 PM     (No. 9158304)

I loved reading those books when I was a kid. The Long Winter was horrifying...can´t imagine how people had the courage to move out West.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thewarden, 2/4/2013 5:41:24 PM     (No. 9158381)

My favorite series as well. Loved the tv show, too. Although, people used to tell me I looked like the actress who played Laura (we are the same age) and my mom braided my hair... ugh. Drove me crazy at the time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: planononna, 2/4/2013 6:01:33 PM     (No. 9158420)

At this point in time what does it matter, Senator?....uh never mind


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Penney, 2/4/2013 6:09:24 PM     (No. 9158446)

INSP is re-running this wonderful series, along with other popular past series. ...And to think, we once took these inspiring family shows for granted. There were so many of them! It is so good to see them again and remember when TV entertainment programming was fun and worth watching.

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