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September 15, 1900

INFANTILE CEREBRAL PALSY.CLASSIFICATION OF TWENTY-FIVE CASES, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(11):659-665. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620370001001
Abstract

Under infantile cerebral palsy I would include all conditions of impaired function due to cerebral lesion, even if the only symptom be mental deficiency or epilepsy. It will be seen that an extremely wide range of disorders will thus be brought into one clinical group, which would include the restricted congenital spastic rigidity of Little; the cerebral type of hereditary spastic paraplegias described by Frend, Erb, Sachs and others, as well as the lighter forms in which but slight evidence of any paresis is to be discovered at the time of examination.

The following twenty-five cases—save one—are selected from my clinical records of the past year, as fairly illustrative of the majority of the commoner types of infantile palsy:

Case 1.  —Edith N., aged 10 years. Family history negative. Patient is the eldest of four children, all the others being normal. Labor lasted twelve hours. No instruments were used. Mother's

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