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Book II - Experimental physiology. Work in Magnus’ laboratory—‘Körperstellung’. The facts

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Rademaker joined the group at Utrecht working to develop Magnus? concept of ?Körperstellung?[bodily posture]?a neurophysiological theory of the activities of walking and standing. In this chapter, the authors review some of the main milestones in their thinking about reflexes before going on to discuss the contribution Rademaker has made in this field. The facts of investigations done by Rademaker show that in cats and dogs without a cerebellum no definite lasting loss of a single reaction of equilibrium position reflex, or labyrinth reflex can be pointed to. From this one can conclude that thus far no ground exists for the assumption that the cerebellum is to be considered as the central apparatus for the regulation of equilibrium and the labyrinth reflexes, and that these reflexes must therefore have convenient centers in the neighborhood of the cerebellum to which the afferent and efferent tracts run.

Keywords: ?Körperstellung?; bodily posture; cerebellum; equilibrium position reflex; labyrinth reflex; Magnus concept; neurophysiological theory; Rademaker



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