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March 9, 1957

Educating Spastic Children: The Education and Guidance of the Cerebral Palsied

JAMA. 1957;163(10):900. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450102028

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This excellent book has grown out of the author's experience among cerebral palsied children in Birmingham, England, supplemented by her experience in similar centers in Australia and New Zealand. In a field where many recent publications have been primarily a rehash of the literature or the restatement of pet theories—many of a controversial nature—it is refreshing to find a book that gives factual information and many practical suggestions.

Part 1 is a simple description of the medical aspects of the problem of cerebral palsy. The greatest contribution of the book is part 2, which is the result of the survey done in England on the intellectual capacity of cerebral palsied children. The author points out that neither the concept that all cerebral palsied children are feeble-minded nor the concept that all cerebral palsied children have normal intelligence is true. Her findings indicate that 50% of cerebral palsied children have an

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