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Medical Dictionary

Little's disease

noun Lit·tle's disease \ˈlit-əlz-\

Medical Definition of LITTLE'S DISEASE

:  a form of spastic cerebral palsy marked by spastic diplegia in which the legs are typically more severely affected than the arms; broadly :  cerebral palsy

Biographical Note for LITTLE'S DISEASE

Little, William John (1810–1894), British physician. Little was the first eminent British orthopedic surgeon. In 1861 he presented the first complete description of congenital cerebral spastic paralysis, which came to be called Little's disease and is now known to be a form of spastic cerebral palsy. He also established that there is a relationship between a mother's abnormal parturition and the occurrence of nervous disorders in the child.


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