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July 1962

Physiotherapy in Cerebral Palsy.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(1):108-109. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030110029

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Physiotherapy in Cerebral Palsy by Sophie Levitt is in part a technical handbook for the physiotherapist working with children, the subjects of cerebral motor deficits. As such it is a resourceful attempt to lay before the therapist evidence in favor of and against various attempts to systematize treatment. Miss Levitt concludes that useful features of various origins can be combined by a resourceful therapist in different assortments to suit the needs of specific patients. In this regard it is clearly a competent contribution.

In the large sense of presenting a philosophy relative to children with cerebral palsy it leaves much to be desired. Early in the book aims of treatment laid down by Dr. Deaver are accepted and are stated to be (1) maximum use of hands including self care, (2) adequate speech, (3) ability to travel about, (4) normal or (near normal) appearance. No suggestion is made of modifying

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