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Article
January 28, 1956

ROLE OF THE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON IN TREATMENT OF CEREBRAL PALSY

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

From the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, San Francisco Unit, and the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1956;160(4):256-258. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960390006002
Abstract

• Integration of the services of specialists in the professions of medicine, education, and sociology has resulted in greatly improved care for the patient suffering from cerebral palsy. Within the medical team there must also be a balance among the specialties represented. Proper use must be made of exercise and training, of restraint and support by braces, and of surgical operations.

Analysis of several hundred operations on such patients showed that well-planned surgery contributed to the correction of deformities and to the improvement of muscle function and skill. One qualified person should be responsible for the integration of the efforts of the members of the team, in which both the physiatrist and the orthopedic surgeon are qualified to make important contributions.

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