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ERIC Number: ED178187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 14
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Casper Hauser: An Enigma in Human Development.
Ogletree, Earl J.
This paper reports on the enigma of Casper Hauser (1812-1833), a child isolated from human contact for the first sixteen years of life. Upon his release (from incarceration in a cell), on the streets of Nurnberg, Germany in 1828, at the age of sixteen, he could barely walk, and could not talk. Although he appeared completely retarded, his senses were extremely acute; he possessed unusual sensitivity toward animals, people and metals. He had a phenomenal memory. After several years of socialization and education with an adopted family in Nurnberg, he learned to write, read, speak, calculate, paint and draw and to participate in the social activities and games of his time. He became a subaltern clerk at the local court of justice in Ansback. Casper Hauser's remarkable recovery from sixteen years of utter isolation (with only a diet of bread and water), contradicts all other historical and recent case studies that show the effects of early isolation are irreversible. In many cases, infants died from maternal deprivation. How did Casper Hauser manage to recover? His recovery is an enigma. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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