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August 20, 1927

Birth Injuries of the Central Nervous System. Part I—Cerebral Birth Injuries.

JAMA. 1927;89(8):641. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690080073037

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This book should be of interest to the obstetrician, the pediatrician, the neurologist and the pathologist. The first part, which deals with cerebral birth injuries, is based on an analysis of the extensive literature on this subject and on a study of the material at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ford's purpose is to attempt a more exact definition of the group of true cerebral birth injuries because all types of congenital paralysis, athetosis, epilepsy, amentia and even hydrocephalus have been attributed by various authors to birth trauma, often without the slightest evidence. The conclusions should be very comforting to obstetricians because Ford produces convincing evidence that the congenital diplegias, which constitute by far the largest group of infantile spastic palsies as seen in the pediatrics department at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (235 out of 280 cases), are not to be attributed to meningeal hemorrhage at birth, but are the result

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