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September 1958

The Infantile Cerebral Palsies.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(3):415. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060417022

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This small, compact book of one hundred pages has been written by the "Little Committee for the study of the Infantile Cerebral Palsies," consisting of Eirene Collis, W. R. F. Collis, W. Dunham, L. T. Hilliard, D. Lawson, and Sir Francis Walshe. The last has written the foreword, stating that the "basic problem in the treatment of cerebral palsy is clearly expounded by the authors. It is a problem in applied neurophysiology."

The authors discuss the importance of Little's original observations and deductions, devoting a chapter to show that his work is not only of historical but of practical value at the present time.

It is obvious that the authors have had much experience with cerebral palsy cases. They describe five varieties: (a) generalized spasticity, (b) hemiplegia, (c) variable rigidity, (d) athetoid cerebral palsy, and (e) ataxic cerebral palsy (very rare). Each variety is described in detail, and examples of

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