Developmental Disabilities: Etiologies, Manifestations, Diagnosis and Treatment

Denoff, Eric
June 1980
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun1980, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p391
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the book "Developmental Disabilities: Etiologies, Manifestations, Diagnosis and Treatment," by Robert J. Thompson Jr. and Aglaia N O'Quinn. The book depicts the interactions of various life systems on the causes, effects and outcomes of cases of mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy and cerebral dysfunctions including learning disabilities. It is an effective way to obtain a comprehensive overview of a specific disability. Each chapter contains several clinical pearls. In the chapter on mental retardation it states that the incidence of meningitis in full term babies is 0.13 per 1000 births while it is 2.4 per 1000 in pre-term births. If prompt attention is paid to treating minimal symptomatology, the mortality rate will drop from 74% to 18.5%. In the chapter on epilepsy it describes that not only do mixed types occur, but seizure types may change over a lifetime. The book also presents quotes on the scope of material found in a textbook with the new pediatric morbidity.


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