An unusual form of the Babinski reflex

A curious anecdote about legendary neurologist Joseph Babinski accidentally hitting on the butler of famous physician Henry Head:

Babinski [1857–1932] stayed with Henry Head in London. He spoke no English but on retiring wanted to use a bidet and summoned the butler who spoke no French; he therefore used sign language to indicate what he wanted and the butler construed the gestures as Babinski propositioning him and resigned from the household.

I’m sure we’ve all made that mistake at some point.

As re-told in an article in this month’s neuroscience journal Brain on the late William McDonald.

One Comment

  1. Posted June 26, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Oh my, that’s hilarious!

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