Authors' appointments; Introduction: how it all came about; 1. Basic concepts of developmental neurology; 2. What are spontaneous movements?; 3. How to record and assess general movements?; 4. What could interfere with the quality of movements?; 5. How objective, reliable and valid is the general movement assessment?; 6. The clinical application of the method; 7. Quantitative assessment is an insensitive indicator of an impaired integrity of the nervous system; 8. Brain ultrasound and general movement assessment; 9. Neurological examination and general movement assessment; 10. What other methods of general movement exist?; Epilogue; References; Index.