About Cerebral Palsy, in the words of Glenn Doman (from the book “What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child”).
“… It is probably the most well-known term: cerebral palsy. In English we say “cerebral palsy.” Palsy has two meanings: “palsy” and ” flickering”. Given that a brain can not tremble nor be paralyzed, then the term does not have a literal meaning, and the question remains the same: what does it mean?
A scholar in the field of cerebral palsy said that this term refers to a very specific set of symptoms produced by a brain injury both highly specific and specifically localized. Fine. We’d be okay with this definition, if it was not for the fact that another scholar said that cerebral palsy regards everything that happens to a child from the neck up. Also this would be fine, were it not for what the first scholar said. Unfortunately, the disagreement is not limited to these two authorities: virtually every scholar has their own definition of cerebral palsy. And authorities in this field are many.
And is not that the refinement of terminology is of great help.
The cases of cerebral palsy are in fact subdivided into a myriad of sub-categories. For example the ataxic cerebral palsy. In some classifications, it is then further divided into dozens of sub-subcategories. Dr. Fay, who was personally involved in several attempts at classification in an attempt to bring order into such chaos, always said contritely that for ataxia there were only two choices: “either you have it or do not have it.” In effect, this greatly reduces the number of possible ataxias. In the end all that remains is to agree with Menninger: “The improvement of the terminology brings more confusion than clarity.”
The problem with the terms that we have discussed so far, as well as with all the others that exist, is that every time you use them, you persevere in the easily made error of exchanging a symptom with the disease. ”