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January 26, 1901

SOME REMARKS ON THE PLANTAR REFLEX, WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE BABINSKI PHENOMENON.

Author Affiliations

Alienist and Neurologist to St. Luke's Hospital; Consulting Alienist and Neurologist to Arapahoe County Hospital, and Neurologist to the U. P., D. & R. G., and C. & S. Railroads. DENVER, COLO.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):257-259. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470040035001n
Abstract

Early in this paper I mentioned the fact that in seven nurses on duty in the Arapahoe County Hospital I found the plantar reflex absent in 5; present in both feet in 1, and absent in one foot and present in the other in 1. These results seemed so remarkable that I decided to examine the plantar reflexes of the nurses in St. Luke's and Arapahoe County Hospitals. I found 54 vigorous and strong nurses, both in the hospitals and among graduates doing private nursing outside, who were willing to have their plantar reflexes examined. The results were as follows:

The plantar reflex was absent in 63 per cent., and present and normal in 11, or about 20.3 per cent. It was irregular, such as present in one foot and absent in the other, spreading of toes, flexion or extension of one or more of the small toes and flexion

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