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June 26, 1937

The Home Treatment of Spastic Paralysis Written in a Simple, Practical Way with Many Detailed Drawings

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2251. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260079032

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This book is designed to help parents of spastic children. It is written for the layman and does not pretend to be a substitute for a doctor's advice and supervision. There is an interesting and instructive foreword by Dr. Carlson, himself a victim of this lesion. The author presents the results of his experience in the treatment of 875 cases of spastic paralysis. He has selected from a large number of exercises those which are most useful in home execution. No elaborate equipment is necessary. He gives the essential facts with regard to spastic paralysis, the location and mechanics of the paralysis, most of the common causes, and recognition of early signs of the condition. He believes that the primary objectives are prevention or correction of deformities and teaching of relaxation and coordination. These are obtained through physical therapy, occupational therapy, the proper selection of toys, and surgery. Dr. Girard

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