This is a specialist reference on the most common physical disability – the cerebral palsies. It reviews published data on trends, presents thinking on causal pathways in the cerebral palsies suggesting means of prevention, and reviews management options. It is an essential guide to good epidemiological research into cerebral palsies and related areas.
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'The authors skilfully dissect the large and often conflicting literature that has investigated the causal pathways to cerebral palsy. The book is a refreshingly honest appraisal of an important area of investigation.'
Robert Fern, The Quarterly review of Biology
'The book is essential reading for all those undertaking epidemiological research in the field. It is an encyclopaedic reference for current thinking into causation.'
Mary CM Macintosh, The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
'This new edition provides a fascinating insight into the complex atiology of cerebral palsy and why the current group of children with cerebral palsy have such a diverse range of problems.'
Terry Pountney, Physiotherapy
'The authors remind us of the perinatal paradox-the huge investment in expensive late interventions with a concomitant neglect of early interventions. It is perhaps no accident that the latter tend to be of a less dramatic social or public health nature.'
Mathew Ellis, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
'One of the major strengths of the book is the emphasis on causal pathways to disease, which has far-reaching influences beyond cerebral palsy. The authors provide us with a critical, evidence based overview of what may reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy or improve its outcome, thereby suggesting possible means of prevention in future.'
Nadia Badawl, Medical Journal of Australia
'The highlight of the book is the table towards the end, listing a dozen interventions of proven benefit in reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy. This important book is of obvious interest to obstetricians, paediatricians, and public health doctors.'
Theo Fenton, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'Why should one read this book? It offers new ways of thinking about cerebral palsies. For this reason it is of great interest for paediatric neurologists as well as obstetricians. One wishes the book many readers and a strong impact on further research.'
Roger Weis, European Journal of Neurology
'It includes a comprehensive review of published data on the trends of cerebral palsy research and new ways of thinking about the relevant causal pathways which suggest possible new means of prevention.'
ASLIB Book Guide
'The authors are to be congratulated for their imagination and clear thinking. It is an elegantly written book, a landmark in the on-going saga of the epidemiology of the cerebral palsies.'
Ann Johnson, Archives of Diseases in Childhood