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September 1927

Les dystonies d'attitudes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(3):489-490. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210030169017

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In this monograph the author undertakes the large task of correlating clinical observations, physiologic facts and speculative deductions in the study of dystonia, both as a symptom and as a clinical entity. He has evidently read a great deal, collected many case reports, gathered a number of experimental facts, made a few clinical observations and indulged in considerable speculation. The result is a stimulating but uneven monograph, and the conclusions arrived at are not quite warranted by the facts presented. They would be interesting, if true.

The author begins by considering the muscular actions that govern normal standing and stresses their tonic influence in its maintenance. He would divide the body musculature into groups belonging to anterior and posterior planes, the latter dominating in the maintenance of standing posture. He passes lightly over the physiologic grouping of flexors and extensors and departs considerably from the sherringtonian conception of the action