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February 1988

Neurological Assessment During the First Year of Life

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(2):133. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520260015004

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This hardcovered book, translated from French, is a guide for neurologic evaluation of both premature and full-term infants. The authors discuss extensively the methods used in assessment of developmental milestones. The book contains many photographs and diagrams demonstrating techniques of physical examination as well as normal and abnormal responses of infants.

A significant portion of the book is devoted to the description of a neuromotor examination that is designed to predict normal development in infants at high risk for neurologic problems. The authors contend that by controlling reflex movements and obtaining a "liberated motor state," responses may be elicited in an infant that are seen spontaneously only in older infants. Although this unique approach is well described and illustrated, an examiner would need considerable practice to master the various techniques. Furthermore, the authors stress the importance of a warm, dimly lit, secluded examining room as well as a recently fed

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