author={M. Bax},
  journal={Developmental Medicine \& Child Neurology},
  • M. Bax
  • Published 1964
  • Medicine
  • Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
A SMALL group” met recently in Edinburgh to discuss the terminology and classification of cerebral palsy. At the meeting, a good deal of thinking and discussion went into the basis of medical classification in general, and attention was drawn to the extremely loose way in which, in the cerebral palsy field, we have used terms in the past and continue to do so today. The group reached agreement on a definition of cerebral palsy, but ran into difficulties after this. Cerebral palsy, they agreed… Expand

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