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June 28, 1952

The Clinically Important Reflexes

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By Dr. med. Friedrich Wilhelm Bronisch, Instructor, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg. First American edition revised by Clemens E. Benda. Cloth. $4.75. Pp. 88, with 49 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(9):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260106033

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This excellent little manual describes the important reflexes elicited in clinical practice. The author presents with a minimum of theory a fairly complete inventory of neurological reflexes and differentiates between instances in which reflexes may be normally increased or diminished and instances in which the presence of a certain reflex is pathological. Included are excellent drawings that illustrate the movement executed by the examiner in eliciting the reflex and the movement that comprises the subject's response. In addition, a discussion of the significance of each reflex movement is included.

Subjects considered include cranial nerve reflexes, upper extremity reflexes, lower extremity reflexes, superficial reflexes, muscle tone regulation, and autonomic reflexes. The manual also contains a short neurological bibliography and a complete index. Preceding the description of individual reflexes are some general remarks concerning the different types of reflexes and the reflex arc. The text is well written, terse, and authentic. It

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