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March 21, 1959

Recent Advances in Cerebral Palsy

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290121033

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Few subjects in medicine present as many and varied problems as does that of cerebral palsy. No one person can be an expert on all aspects of this disease; 14 specialists from the United States, England, and Australia were therefore asked to discuss the recent advances made toward meeting the total needs of the child with cerebral palsy and to decide where further investigation is needed. The result of their discussion is this authoritative treatise, which gives an accurate account of our present knowledge concerning the incidence; cause; pathology; the clinical signs by which to distinguish various types; methods of testing intelligence, speech, and hearing; drugs used in treating convulsions; and the orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures for preventing, correcting, and controlling the neuromuscular condition. There is a general agreement among the specialists that during the last decade advances have been made in these areas, but evaluating the methods of physical

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