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February 1968

The Basal Ganglia and Posture.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(2):219. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470320121014

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The pervasive "scientism" of our time has nowhere been more evident than in the study of extrapyramidal disorders and particularly in the numerous attempts to measure and define tremor and rigidity. In recent years highly sophisticated electronic instrumentation and mathematical techniques of analysis have been brought to bear in these endeavors giving them the appearance of important scientific enterprises. However, astonishingly little has been achieved and it may fairly be said that a century of tremorology has thrown very little light on the mechanism of tremor and still less on the nature or pathophysiology of extrapyramidal disorders. Nevertheless uncritical faith in the magical powers of technic continues undiminished and the "glorious entertainment" goes on with unabated vigor. In these circumstances, this brief monograph is a most welcome and refreshing breath of fresh air demonstrating again the continuing value of astute observation and thoughtful analysis of clinical phenomena seen at the

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