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October 1949

PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1946 A Review Prepared by an Editorial Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsXVIII. NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS EXCLUSIVE OF POLIOMYELITIS

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Arch Surg. 1949;59(4):970-992. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1949.01240040979018

Cerebral Palsy.  —The literature reviewed for the year 1946 on the subject of cerebral palsy, though revealing an increasing interest in the treatment of this condition, fails to disclose any particularly new or promising departures from the usual approaches to the problem. It is encouraging that the trend is away from the surgical forms of treatment and toward a more rational routine of muscular reeducation, augmented, when necessary, by judicious and carefully planned surgical intervention. It is important for all who deal with this condition to realize that there is no one method of treatment which can be employed to the exclusion of the others and that no single program of treatment can be employed in all cases of cerebral palsy. The interested surgeon is referred to Phelps's paper,790 in which the incidence and distribution of cases as to locality and economic level are given and the underlying etiologic

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