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May 21, 1955

Two Legs to Stand On

JAMA. 1955;158(3):238. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030088040

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This autobiography of a victim of cerebral palsy gives a subjective view of the disease. His life is based on the philosophy that he is not handicapped—just different, as everyone is different from everyone else. Each person can do some things well, some things not at all. In this respect he claims to be the same as others. The author's review of his strivings and falls, hopes, failures, and successes stresses the importance of parents and physicians who have faith in a person's ability to accomplish a goal and who understand the satisfaction that comes when the goal is reached. Persons with cerebral palsy will get much encouragement from this book; parents can have a renewal of their hope and faith from reading it; and physicians who see an occasional person with cerebral palsy will learn from Mr. McKee something of the spastic's attitude toward his limited world and the

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