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June 1952

NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF THE BABINSKI REFLEX

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San Francisco 22.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;67(6):821. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320180098012

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In a previous note on the history of the Babinski reflex (A. M. A. Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 65:713, 1951) it was pointed out that in 1893, three years before Babinski, a German neurologist, E. Remak reported the isolated dorsiflexion of the big toe on stroking the sole of the foot. The history of the Babinski reflex should contain a reference to the book of Marshall Hall (On the Diseases and Derangements of the Nervous System, London, H. Baillière, 1841). There, on page 9, Hall writes:"I have this day (January 3, 1841) seen... a case of the most complete hemiplegia of sensation and volition, of the left side, without loss of intellect, and with the perfect continuance of all the reflex actions: respiration, deglutition, the action of the sphincter ani, are unimpaired; and the following distinct reflex actions and phenomena were observed:..."On tickling the

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