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October 1942

A NEW TENDON STRETCH REFLEX: ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN LESIONS OF THE PYRAMIDAL TRACTS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Loyola University School of Medicine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;48(4):531-537. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290100031003
Abstract

In 1896 Babinski1 described the reflex which bears his name, in two hundred and ninety-nine words. Two years later he2 elaborated his work in two pages, presenting almost all the important features of the normal and pathologic plantar responses in human beings. Regarding this work Fulton and Keller3 stated:

As one reads it today in the light of clinical work of the last thirty years, it is evident that there is little to add concerning the mode of elicitation of the response and concerning its general characteristics except that the fanning of the outer toes is not mentioned.

However, Babinski4 described the fanning in 1903. If one does not consider the extensive animal experiments of the last few years, one finds that little has been added to the essentials of these two short communications of Babinski, which have given more stimulus to clinical experimentation than the

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