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Rademaker’s legacy . . .

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First of all his originality, which made a great contribution to the international reputation of Dutch experimental physiology in his days. His intellectual approach to the problems he tackled was analytical and lent itself well to discussion and refinement, embodied e.g. in the geometrical model of muscle tone, posture and movement developed by the author on the basis of Rademaker's data and the treatment of the falling cat phenomenon initiated by Rademaker and Ter Braak in the early 1930s and continued with increasing mathematical refinement e.g. by Guichardet, Montgomery and Iwai right up to the end of the 20th century. Perhaps his most important legacy is the mechanistic approach to tonic and other reflexes initiated by Sherrington and Magnus with reference to peripheral mechanisms and worked out in detail by him with respect to the control of the CNS over such peripheral reactions.

Keywords: control of CNS; Dutch experimental physiology; falling cat phenomenon; Rademaker?s legacy; tonic reflex



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