The reflex activity of the nervous system is one of its most remarkable properties, and as such has engaged the earnest attention of scientists. On the clinical side the discovery of reflex pupillary changes in disease, particularly the phenomenon of Argyll-Robertson and the elicitation of the knee-jerk by Erb and Westphal, opened up a field of research work the results of which make up a large part of our present day neurological diagnostic means. The discovery of the ankle-jerk by Gowers and the establishment of its great clinical value by Sarbo, Ziehen and others; the remarkable great-toe phenomenon of Babinski and its modified forms as elicited by the technic of Oppenheim and Gordon, stimulated a great many workers and at the present time almost all the cutaneous surfaces and tendons have been searched for characteristic reflex phenomena.
A group of reflexes which has with all this research activity received only
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