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July 1945

The Examination of Reflexes: A Simplification.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;54(1):73. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300070083011

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The primary purpose of this monograph is to simplify the technic and interpretation of reflexes. The author attempts to bring light on the confusing situation which has been produced by the placing of some investigator's name on the reflex obtained by striking a certain part of the body. In this respect he has done a good job. The only adverse criticism of the work lies in the possibility that, in the process of clarifying the situation, the author may lead some readers to believe that the testing of the reflexes is the major part of a neurologic examination. In fact, the author himself states in the preface: "Testing of reflexes and their proper evaluation undoubtedly constitute the most important part of the neurologic examination." Unfortunately, this is the impression of many physicians who are not trained in the intricacies of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. To the

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