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December 1955

Trends in Orthopedic Surgery

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;71(6):936-940. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270180142022
Abstract

THE CEREBRAL PALSY PATIENT  At a meeting of The American Academy of Orthopædic Surgeons, in Los Angeles, Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 1955, Dr. Lenox D. Baker reviewed the need for surgery in the patients of the North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital. He felt that somewhere between 16% and 27% of patients were suitable for surgery. The practice in this hospital had been to carry out the surgery as soon as possible in order that the child could be properly trained later. Dr. Baker's important review is at variance with many opinions from cerebral palsy centers, but it shows what can be done to rehabilitate the child when a center is controlled by a competent orthopedic surgeon with a large clinical and surgical background.For the foot deformities it was considered paramount to obtain a stable platform on which the child could later walk. The equinus deformity lent itself well

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