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Old 02-10-2013, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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If you watched "Little House on the Prairie," chances are you remember the story of Mary Ingalls.

The television show and popular book series drew on the real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mary, Laura's sister, went blind as a teenager after contracting scarlet fever, according to the story. Now a team of medical researchers are raising questions about whether that's true.

The real reason Mary Ingalls went blind – The Chart - CNN.com Blogs
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:22 AM
 
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Interesting. I adored those books when I was young, had the whole series and read them multiple times.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Interesting. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I figured it was for TV ratings...made the illness easier for the public to understand. I'm sure many illnesses were lumped together back then.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Very interesting!
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:03 PM
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That is interesting, but I was surprised that the article didn't mention Helen Keller. I'd always read that she lost her sight and hearing because of scarlet fever.

So, I just looked it up, and a few articles say that it was possibly scarlet fever OR meningitis, and one article mentioned rubella.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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Read a long time ago that Mary Ingalls Wilder's books were a bit more of a romantic notion of the people and such. But it was fiction.

Don't think (from what I read) that Pa was as successful as he was portrayed. But I remember my Dad very fondly so who wouldn't.

So no surprise that there may be poetic license taken with Mary's blindness

Think Little Women was also a what we wish it were as well

Cannot source all of this, just read it and said hummm
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Does it really matter more than 100 years later why Mary Ingalls was blind?
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:35 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Does it really matter more than 100 years later why Mary Ingalls was blind?
Lol--not at all! But obviously, at least six people were interested enough to read & respond, & you were compelled to comment!

FWIW, I never read the books or watched the TV show--never could stand Michael Landon.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I had Scarlet Fever when I was very little, lost most of my hearing and almost my life.

That disease's no joke.
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