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November 7, 1908

Diseases of the Spinal Cord.

JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1617. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540190055017

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This is an entirely modern and fairly complete review of the subject, in 432 pages. The first sixty pages, three sections, are devoted to a general anatomic, histologic and physiologic introduction. Section IV, twenty-seven pages, is devoted to the symptoms of spinal disease, and while many of these symptoms are sometimes caused by other affections, their enumeration is germane to the subject, and this chapter, it is to be hoped, may serve to clarify in some medical minds the rather cloudy apprehensions of such ordinary things as the kneejerk, the Achilles jerk and the plantar reflex. It might be noted that though the excellent table relating to the plantar reflex is taken from Collier, Dr. Williamson gives all credit of discovery to Babinski, whereas it is well known that, following a suggestion of Sir William Gowers, Collier covered the same ground as did Babinski, at the same time and independently

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