An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Neurology for Forensic Psychiatrists

  • Hart De Coudres Peterson
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


Psychiatrists approaching adolescents or children with possible brain disease (encephalopathy) will find it useful first to attempt to classify the general nature of the neurologic pathology. All patients can be so classified and the time course of the illness will facilitate close focus on certain diagnostic categories and elimination of others. It must be emphasized that this classification requires a generally accurate history. The categories of neurologic disease can be listed as follows:
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Mental Retardation Cerebral Palsy Partial Seizure Complex Partial Seizure Attention Deficit Disorder 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hart De Coudres Peterson
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  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and NeurologyNew York HospitalNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Pediatrics and NeurologyCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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