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February 1, 1958

The Infantile Cerebral Palsies

JAMA. 1958;166(5):552-553. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990050122024

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There has long been need for a good medical textbook on cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, this booklet like many of its predecessors has failed to fill this need. The authors have used what they call the "dynamic" approach. The main thesis is that patients should be diagnosed early and that treatment should be started early and should take into account the natural history of the disease and the natural rate of development of normal children. The authors stress the social and emotional aspects of the problem and recommend the inclusion of parents as participants in the treatment program. This is sound and fully warranted advice. They discuss their classification, the diagnosis, the natural course, and the treatment of the various forms of cerebral palsy. The most valuable parts of the book are those dealing with the case reports which illustrate the treatment of the patient, including the parental and home aspects

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