Book Reviews
March 1935

The Spastic Child.

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By Marguerite K. Fishel. Price, $1.50. Pp. 97, with photographs and drawings. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1934.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(3):828-829. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970030274026

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This book is written by a parent, who records her personal experience with her two children (who had two different types of Little's disease), together with medical information.

The first child remained so spastic that he was unable to sit up, talk or take care of himself up to 5 years of age, when he died of influenza.

The second child presented a more hopeful picture from the start, and the author portrays the possibility of rehabilitating a certain type of spastic child, even though it first appears to lead the life of a cripple.

The procedure of meeting the subjective and objective problems of the parents is presented so as to be of help in the lives of other parents.

The task is a combined job for the orthopedic surgeon and the physical therapist and is primarily a parent's job. It consists of long labor in adjusting disorganized muscular

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