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  • Louis Braille publishes the first book in his new Braille code, series of 6 raised or un-raised dots that are used by people that are blind or have low vision to read. [1]
  • Dr. John Fisher charters the first school for the blind in the United States, Perkins School for the Blind. [2]


  • January 15 - Silas Weir Mitchell - American physician, first to provide a detailed account of phantom limb syndrome.
  • August 1 - Ivan Sechenov - Russian psychologist, considered the "Father of Russian Psychology" by Pavlov. Wrote Reflexes of the Brain which introduced electrophysiology and neurophysiology into laboratories and teaching of medicine.
  • September 3 - Adolf Eugen Fick - German physiologist, credited with the invention of contact lenses.



  1. Louis Braille Biography. American Federation of the Blind. Accessed on January 30, 2008.