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December 9, 1961

The Pathology of Cerebral Palsy

JAMA. 1961;178(10):1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040490080029

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This slender volume, by focusing upon the basic pathology of cerebral palsy, constitutes an excellent introduction to that subject. It performs the major service of presenting in the English language a review of the basic German literature in the field, difficult enough because of its complex terminology, let alone the language barrier.

Illustrations in general are of high quality. The information contained therein is presented in a form which is readable, understandable, and of value to pathologists and all of the clinical specialists involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of brain-injured children. The chief shortcoming of the book is the failure to give adequate weight to some of the more recent experimental studies which have been directed at understanding pathogenesis and etiology of cerebral palsy and to newer knowledge regarding chromosomal defects and metabolic abnormalities which represent the underlying basis of some types of mental deficiency and cerebral degeneration.

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