In writing this book, the author attempts to analyse the various etiological factors contributing to occurrence of cerebral palsy in childhood. In order to make a total clinical assessment of the child with cerebral palsy, she also evaluates the associated clinical defects, such as sensory loss or hearing deficit, in addition to the neuromuscular involvement. The data in the book are based on a group of 301 children seen at the Cerebral Palsy Assessment Clinic of the Bristol Children's Hospital, Bristol, England. These children were examined by a team of workers whose purpose was to evaluate each child for educability and proper placement. The average number of children with cerebral palsy who reached the age of 5 years in the period 1930-1951 was 1.90 per 1000 live births in Bristol.
Cases of cerebral palsy are discussed under the headings of (a) paraplegia, (b) monoplegia, (c) hemiplegia, (d) quadriplegia, (e) athetosis,