The Babinski sign

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.374a (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:374

Eliciting the sign brings out doctors' masochistic tendencies

  1. P H W Rayner, Retired consultant paediatriciana
  1. a 219 Harborne Park Road, Birmingham B17 0BQ
  2. b Academic Unit of Psychiatry, University of Leeds, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    Editor–The Babinski sign may be a well accepted indicator of dysfunction in the pyramidal tract,1 but it has a lot to answer for. Neurologists take professional pride in the manner with which they show the response. I have heard neurologists claim that they can make the great toe go up or down at their bidding, and some claim that a positive response is …

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