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August 1931

Die diagnostische Bedeutung des Rossolimoschen Reflex bei Erkrankungen des Zentralnervensystems. Eine klinischanatomische Studie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(2):462-463. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230080218020

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This is a formidable monograph; it deals with the significance of the Rossolimo reflex and its clinical application, and contains a fairly detailed report of several hundred varied cases in which the test for this reflex was made. After describing several types of reaction, five to be exact, the author discusses the Rossolimo versus the Babinski sign and states that while the latter is a superficial, the former is a deep, joint-muscle-periosteal reflex. He makes the further observations that the two signs do not run parallel, that the Rossolimo reflex is not elicited normally after the first month of life, and that the Babinski sign is more likely to disappear in narcosis or to make its appearance in coma. The statements are made also, although no anatomic proof is offered, that the Rossolimo reflex has its lowest arc in the second and first sacral segments, possibly also the fifth lumbar,