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June 21, 1941

Born That Way

JAMA. 1941;116(25):2823. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250089025

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The author is a neurologist who has achieved great respect in his special work with spastic children. In this book he writes an autobiography full of interesting details concerning his own development from a helpless spastic-athetoid cripple to a position of distinction in the medical world. Woven into this story are lucid simple explanations of the neurologic, orthopedic and psychologic problems easily understandable by the layman. Parents reading this book cannot help but become inspired to greater yet rational hopes for their own offspring similarly afflicted. Among several recent accounts this work is by far the best and should be recommended strongly by physicians to parents of spastic children. For the neuropsychiatrist, especially interesting is the effect of concentration and attention in alleviating athetosis. Likewise increased oxygenation, moderate doses of alcohol and intellectual activity seem to decrease the disability. The reviewer suggests that neurologists and orthopedists can profit greatly by

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