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November 1955

Body Reflexes Acting on the Body

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical School, and the Department of Neurology, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;74(5):527-533. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330170061011

Necessity for the array of authors may be understood when one realizes the time consumed by complete neurological studies, especially careful sensory chart, special studies of posture, spasm, and successive reflexes, and selection of suitable patients, who then were studied under water by Dr. Zivin, a procedure later to be described.

Not only in surgery but in many other divisions of medicine, including neurology, a part of the huge debt of death, injury, and disease in war may be compensated by the increment of knowledge resulting from studies made available on a large scale.

This is illustrated by the beautiful studies of Head,1 Riddoch,2 and Holmes3 in World War I.

The monumental contributions of Sherrington4 and his school, of Magnus,5 of de Kleijn,* and of Rademaker6 to reflex activity, especially postural and righting reflexes, afford a background for further studies.

In addition to describing