Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 1: Historical Perspective (free ebook)


Chapter 1 – Historical Perspective by John Mantovani and David Scrutton from Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice

Readers seeking a better understanding of where we are now may derive some benefit from the story of how we arrived here. Therefore this chapter provides an overview of the historical development of the concept of cerebral palsy and more detailed descriptions of some key individuals who led the changing interpretations and classifications of the condition. We have also included discussions on the definitions and various causal hypotheses that have been used along the way and a separate treatment of the often conflicting views of how various therapeutic interventions might contribute to making these children’s lives more fulfilling.

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This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals.

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