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May 18, 1963

Babinski and the Plantar Reflex

JAMA. 1963;184(7):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200124032

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To the Editor:  —I wish to call your attention to an error in the editorial, "Babinski and the Plantar Reflex" (JAMA183:281 [Jan 26] 1963).As written, one is led to believe that the so-called Babinski-Nageotte syndrome has to do with locomotor ataxia. The latter term refers to ataxia dependent upon loss of sense of position and has historically been linked to tabes dorsalis.The so-called Babinski-Nageotte syndrome is based on a paper read at the Société de Neurologie de Paris, April 17, 1902, and published under the title "Hémiasynergie, latéropulsion et myosis bulbaires avec hémianesthésie et hémiplégie croisées" (Rev Neurol [Paris] 10:358, 1902).Three patients had been seen but only one case was presented in detail. The patient, a 50-yr-old luetic, had headache, vertigo, dysphagia, nasal regurgitation, and a nasal voice. The palatal reflex was abolished. Sensations of touch and temperature were deficient on the right side

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