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Progress in Pediatrics
January 1950

CEREBRAL PALSY: Selection and Training of the Child with Normal Mentality

Author Affiliations

Assistant Medical Director, Cerebral Palsy Division, New Jersey State Crippled Children Commission NEWARK, N.J.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(1):124-129. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010134017

CEREBRAL palsy, formerly known as spastic paralysis, is now recognized as the greatest consistent cause of crippling in childhood. Poliomyelitis still ruthlessly ravages the nation's children. However, with the tremendous resources available for diagnosis of, research on, and training and treatment for, poliomyelitis permanent deformities are now of milder degree. Cerebral palsy alone remains the great crippler of children, persistent in its ratio to the population and disregarding all economic, geographic, social, racial and educational boundaries. Handicaps due to cerebral palsy remain the most neglected group of handicaps in this era of great advance in preservation and rehabilitation of the stricken child. Public opinion, aroused parents and our own medical conscience remind us that to let live but to refuse to rehabilitate is not our way of life. Since the epochal studies of McIntire,1 who proved beyond doubt that at least two thirds of children having cerebral palsy had

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