Book Reviews
July 1941

Born That Way.

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By Earl R. Carlson, M.D. Price, $1.75. Pp. 174, with no illustrations. New York: The John Day Company, Inc., 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(1):221. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000130232023

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This is a unique book, written by a man with spastic paralysis. Naturally, the author understands intimately the physical and emotional problems, the hardships and the practical difficulties which impede the course of the person with spastic paralysis.

Though seriously handicapped, Dr. Carlson by his own will power has successfully completed a medical education and found an important place in the world; he devotes himself to helping others solve the problems he faced. It is rare indeed for an author to possess such unusual qualifications for writing an interesting autobiography. His own story carries a message of hope and understanding and reflects a zeal to succeed which could hardly be matched. To the person with spastic paralysis he brings new ideas and encouragement, for every page is filled with practical suggestions.

The book is intended for the lay reader and will inspire thoughtful consideration by any handicapped person; in it

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