The changes in frequency and distribution of the clinical types of cerebral palsy (CP) were evaluated in 1873 CP cases admitted to the Department of Pediatric Neurology between 1982 and 1989. The observed panorama of CP was unlike the situation in developed countries. The majority of the cases were term-born and perinatal risk factors were noted to play the predominant role in the etiology of these cases. On the other hand, the most common type of CP was spastic quadriplegia where as spastic diplegia cases were less commonly encountered. These differences led us to conclude that the clinical panorama of CP might be an indicator of socio-economic development.