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Medicina e Chirurgia della Caviglia e del Piede 2018 April;42(1):10-3

DOI: 10.23736/S2284-2993.18.01780-3

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Historical and artistic considerations 120 years after the description of the Babinski’s sign

Marco BARDELLI , Pietro BARDELLI

Società Interdisciplinare Piede e Postura, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Italy


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It is very important to search for Babinski’s reflex in the clinical practice and especially in neuropathic diseases. Babinski’s sign is considered positive when the big toe extends after the plantar stimulation of the foot - whereas usually, it flexes. In the late thirteenth century, Italian painters began to portray the Holy Virgin Mary with naked Child. In this new figurative language, the Child’s feet are sometimes depicted with plantar reflex of newborn, like in the celebrated picture painting by Botticelli in the late fifteenth century.


KEY WORDS: Babinski reflex - Art - History

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