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December 18, 1937

Infantile Paralysis and Cerebral Diplegia: Methods Used for the Restoration of Function

JAMA. 1937;109(25):2092. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780510066031

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This book contains discussions on infantile paralysis and spastic paralysis of infants. The author stresses the importance of restoration of function. In discussing infantile paralysis, she outlines the principles of treatment, apparatus used, treatment of complications, residual paralysis and muscle reeducation. Under the subject of spastic paralysis she discusses the condition as it is found in infants, the apparatus used in treatment, and the principles of treatment and exercises. There is a great deal of valuable information in the book and it is recommended to all those who are concerned with the diagnosis or treatment of persons afflicted with either disease or lesion. The treatment of infantile paralysis is based on the following five principles: (1) maintenance of a bright mental outlook, (2) maintenance of impulse, (3) hydrotherapy and remedial exercises, (4) maintenance of circulation, and (5) avoidance of the generally accepted methods of immobilization. There is an interesting foreword

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