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January 1979

Blinking to Sudden Illumination: A Brain Stem Reflex Present in Neocortical Death

Author Affiliations

From the Neurology Department, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(1):52-53. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500370082023

• Further evidence that the blink reflex to light is a brain stem reflex was provided by a patient who continued to blink to sudden illumination despite anoxic neocortical death with electrocerebral silence and absent summated cortical visual evoked responses.