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Book VI - The End of postural research. A short summary with chronology

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The purpose of this book is to argue that, in terms of the theoretical framework laid down by Thomas Kuhn in his influential book The structure of scientific revolutons, it was the victim of the revolution in neurology that took place in the course of the twentieth century. To say that Rademaker taught us to see the universe of posture, development, tonus and movement as a whole and anew, is no understatement. Rademaker?s concepts were not uncontroversial. They had competitors (Ranson) and appeared initially inconsistent with other great achievements (such as those of W.R. Hess in Zurich). But right or wrong on this point of view [see Denny-Brown?s opinion, L.H.], it is in the very fruitfulness and novelty of Rademaker?s work on the red nucleus and the developmental reflexes that the marks of his genius lie, as a magnificent and beautiful achievement of human intellect . . .?.

Keywords: developmental reflexes; human intellect; neurology; Rademaker?s concepts; red nucleus; Thomas Kuhn; tonus and movement



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