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Epilogue: Four epiphanies

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This chapter discusses three well-documented epiphanies occurred during Rademaker?s life and a fourth, less well-documented incident recalled to round off this epilogue. First of all, a group of English neurologists from the National Hospital in Queen Square, London, together with other scientists, visited Magnus?s laboratory in Utrecht in 1924. They were particularly struck by an experiment they saw Rademaker performing there. Four years later, Raymond Garcin experienced a similar epiphany during a working visit of French physiologists and neuropsychiatrists to Amsterdam to view Prof. Brouwer?s newly opened neurology clinic at the University of Amsterdam. Rademaker now began to demonstrate the whole sequence of neonatal motor reflexes that he had helped to establish, such as the step sign, the neck righting reflex and the placing reflex, on the young infant as the mother and the small circle of medical staff standing round the bed looked on.

Keywords: epiphanies; Magnus?s laboratory; neck righting reflex; placing reflex; Rademaker?s life; Raymond Garcin; step sign



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