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January 1928

Birth Injuries of the Central Nervous System.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;19(1):199. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210070228021

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The book is divided into two parts. The first is on cerebral injuries at birth and their results, by F. R. Ford, and the second part on obstetric injuries to the spinal cord, by Bronson Crothers and Marian C. Putnam.

In about seventy pages, Ford discusses adequately the subject of cerebral injuries at birth, which always has been of utmost interest to neurologists. He comes to interesting conclusions: That there is convincing evidence that congenital diplegias, which constitute by far the largest group of the infantile spastic palsies, are the result of pathologic processes of intra-uterine origin and that they have usually been thought to be the result of injuries at birth. He does not come to any final conclusion regarding the causes of chronic hydrocephalus. Most of them are undoubtedly due to trauma at birth. The real injuries to the brain at birth, according to Ford, are caused by

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