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May 1969

Infantile Cerebral Paralysis.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(5):563-564. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480110127017

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Sigmund Freud's Infantile Cerebral Paralysis, one of Freud's least known books, was written over 70 years ago, and the translator and the publishers deserve great praise for having made this edition in the English language possible. The translation is excellent, and the minor adjustments in format from the original German text have enhanced the readability.

It is amazing to see the insight and understanding Freud had in 1897 considering the complexity of the subject. Many of his observations and descriptions are still valid today and have been improved upon but slightly. How correct today is his sentence: "Infantile cerebral palsy is merely a contrived term of our nosographic classification, a label referring to a group of pathological cases!" When classifying cerebral palsy at this time, the word diplegia is somewhat confusing, but Freud's text gives the history of this term, and one understands the classification better.

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