Medicine: Help for Spastics

Because of a brain injury at birth, an eight-year-old boy had never been able to sit or stand. Three months ago he entered Dr. Herman Rabat's grey clapboard house in Washington—for treatments combining physical therapy with a drug called pro-stigmine. Last week the boy walked.

Since last winter when young (33), heavy-set Dr. Kabat began treating such spastic cases, as a Saturday afternoon sideline in his front parlor, his clinic has grown until it now takes all his time. His eight therapists and 50 patients have crowded his wife and three children right out of the house.

New Habit Patterns. Spastics, or victims...

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