Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 2: Definition and Clinical Classification (ebook)


Chapter 2 of the book – Definition and Clinical Classification

Peter Rosenbaum

This chapter offers a ‘blind men and the elephant’ approach to Cerebral Palsy (CP): to introduce the idea of CP as a condition (really a group of conditions) that can and should be discussed in several complementary ways to address the perspectives of the many people who are or should be interested in it. Thus, in addition to a biomedical understanding of CP as a clinical condition that must be identified and diagnosed by paediatric neurologists and others, CP needs to be recognized for its potential to influence children’s developmental trajectories; for its impact on families; for the challenges it presents to epidemiologists trying to count it; for its complexity regarding ‘treatment’ and ‘management’ (i.e. for its impact on health and other services in the community); and for the world of adult health care, where much remains to be accomplished.

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.