Freud on diplegia. Commentary and translation

Am J Dis Child. 1982 May;136(5):452-6. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970410070017.


Sigmund Freud's contribution to the study of cerebral palsy was threefold: (1) he developed the classification that, essentially unchanged, is in use today; (2) he documented a poor correlation between clinical syndromes and neuropathologic lesions; and (3) he contributed extensively to the description of the various movement disorder syndromes of childhood. The clinical expertise implicit in this last aspect of Freud's pediatric neurologic work has been previously unremarked. To my commentary is appended a translation of his article describing the complexity of spastic diplegia (Little's disease).

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Cerebral Palsy / classification
  • Cerebral Palsy / history*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neurology / history

Personal name as subject

  • S Freud