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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 143-144

The genesis of extensor toe sign

Ram Krishna Care Hospital, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

Date of Submission11-Nov-2010
Date of Decision11-Nov-2010
Date of Acceptance11-Nov-2010
Date of Web Publication18-Feb-2011

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Sanjay Sharma
Ram Krishna Care Hospital, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.76888

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An unrecognized painter of Renaissance era created Madonna and Child with Saints on panel, which is now a part of collection in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales museum, Mumbai. The painting is considered to be the work after Raphael (1483-1520) as evidenced by subtle tonal transitions in treatment of the [Figure 1]. The left toe of the child went up as Madonna placed her hand on lateral margin of foot, thus showing normal plantar reflex. In 1896, Joseph Francois Babinski first described this reflex. It was painted by many prominent painters in Madonna and child theme, much before Babinski. [1],[2]
Figure 1: The stimulus and response, Courtesy the Trustees of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales museum, Mumbai

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1.Massey EW, Sanders L. Babinski's sign in medieval, Renaissance, and baroque art. Arch Neurol 1989;46:85-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Cone TE Jr, Khoshbin S. Botticelli demonstrates the Babinski reflex more than 400 years before Babinski; pediatrcs in art. Am J Dis Child 1978;132:188.  Back to cited text no. 2


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