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July 1923

THE DECEREBRATE RIGIDITY OF SHERINGTON IN MANITS RECOGNITION AND DIFFERENTIATION FROM OTHER FORMS OF TONIC MUSCULAR CONTRACTION

Author Affiliations

Neurologist to the Medical Unit, University College Hospital, and Assistant Physician to the National Hospital, Queen Square, London LONDON, ENG.

Arch NeurPsych. 1923;10(1):1-28. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1923.02190250004001
Abstract

CONTENTS 

I. Introduction. 

II. Anatomic Considerations.  1. Planes of Transection.2. The Cerebellum.3. The Red Nucleus and Superior Cerebellar Peduncles.

III. Physiologic Considerations.  1. Standing Reflexes.2. Position Reflexes in Thalamus and Midbrain Animals.3. Unilateral Decerebrate Rigidity.4. The Physiologic Qualities of Decerebrate Rigidity.5. Other Forms of Tonic Muscular Spasm in Extension: Tonic Fits.

IV. Clinical Considerations.  1. Spasticity in Hemiplegia, and in Paraplegia in Extension, as a Form of Decerebrate Rigidity.2. Decerebrate Man and Tonic Fits.3. The Clinical Application of the Facts of Experimental Observation.4. Report of Clinical Cases. For the analysis of the symptoms of nervous disease in terms of normal function, the fundamental importance of the experimental physiology of the nervous system can scarcely be overestimated. Unfortunately, the demands of clinical neurology rarely allow us the opportunity of studying at first hand the experimental side of neurology. Moreover, although the fruits

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