Friday, July 6, 2012
This is a meme that I started. Every Friday I’ll put a factoid based on a book I’m reading. The book can be fiction or non-fiction If you want to participate, just leave a comment and your website to share.
I’m reading Wonder by RJ Palacio. This juvenile novel is about a young boy named August Pullman who has mandibulofacial dysostosis and his parents decide to send him to public school and how he copes with the changes.
According to Britannica online:
Mandibulofacial dysostosis, also called Treacher Collins Syndrome, or Francheschetti-klein Syndrome, a rare, genetic disorder, inherited as an autosomal-dominant trait and characterized by some or all of the following: underdevelopment of the cheek and jaw bones, widely separated eyes, malformation of the lower eyelid and lack of eyelashes, malformation of the ear auricle, lack of an external ear canal with resultant conductive deafness, and other, less common abnormalities. Respiratory problems may be present in the newborn. Intelligence is normal. Treatment includes correction of the deafness by use of a hearing aid or by surgical construction of an ear canal and, sometimes, plastic surgery to enlarge the jaw.