Pioneer doctor and expert on cerebral palsy dies

Yesterday I read about the death of Eugene Bleck, aged 91, an American doctor who worked in orthopedics and wrote about cerebral palsy. Several of his books are in the National Library of Conductive Education and were well used by students and staff alike.


The obituary states:

Bleck’s professional accomplishments were numerous: He was a founding member of a pediatric orthopedics study group, which became the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and served as president of the society, as well as of the American Orthopedic Association and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

He worked in private practice:

While a resident in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Bleck wrote his first scholarly book, An Atlas of Plaster Cast Techniques. It became an instant classic, Rinsky said. Bleck and his wife, Anne, moved to San Mateo in 1955, and Bleck established a private practice that was increasingly focused on care for children with cerebral palsy. His book, The Orthopaedic Treatment of Cerebral Palsy, published in 1979, established Bleck as the top expert in that field. The book is still in print and considered a respected comprehensive reference source to be read “cover to cover,” according to a 2009 review in the Journal of American Medical Association. He was also the author of four other books on cerebral palsy and 85 publications in refereed journals.

He leaves a substantial legacy of publications, all of which are still relevant and have much to offer those working  with children with cerebral palsy, particularly Physically Handicapped Children: A Medical Atlas for Teachers.

Some titles are currently available second-hand on Amazon and Abe Books at reasonable prices.