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April 14, 1945

Medical News

JAMA. 1945;127(15):1000-1003. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150044014

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Survey Shows Need for Educational Program for Spastic Children.—  Need for a state educational program for spastic children in California was shown by a survey made at the request of the legislature by Lois Shulz, graduate student, under the supervision of Frank N. Freeman, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education on the Berkeley campus of the University of California, according to the University of California Clip Sheet, April 3. More than 1,200 children with cerebral palsy, usually called spastics, were known to school authorities. These had disabilities ranging from minor muscle involvement to silent speech, partial sight or hearing and inability to walk, help or feed themselves. Low mental capacity does not necessarily accompany these, it was stated. Less than 500 of these children were reported to be in school. Of these, the report indicated, it is evident from the many reports from teachers that the spastic child

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