The Treatment of Tabetic Ataxia

The Treatment of Tabetic Ataxia


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...almost pull the body after them when the step is completed whereas healthy people use the weight of their body as their principal means of propulsion. Figs. 42 and 43 which illustrate short and long steps in tabes dorsalis shew well this characteristic manner of walking. A comparison with Figs. 41 and 42 will shew the difference between the normal and the tabetic position of the trunk in walking. 8. Walking Sideways.--This is a much more simple movement than walking backwards or forwards because the legs and trunk move in the same plane perpendicular to the base. The body is not bent forward. Tabetics find it therefore easier to walk sideways than forward. The simplicity of the movement makes it most suitable for illustrating some of the more important principles of voluntary locomotion. Fig. 44.--Walking Sideways. Initial Position. It is best to take as initial position the usual erect attitude in which the weight of the body rests equally on both legs (Fig. 44). In moving to the right, the first phase (Fig. 45) consists in the transfer of the weight of the body from both legs to the left leg liberating the right lower limb. Phase II. (Fig. 46) shews the lateral movement of the right leg and the right foot touching the ground. Phase III. (Fig. 47) shews the equal distribution of the weight of the body on both legs. Phases IV. and V. (Figs. 48 and 49) shew the transfer of the weight of the body on to the right leg in order to set the left leg free. Phase VI. (Fig. 5 o) shews how the left leg is brought up close to the right and the original position resumed. Healthy persons it will be seen from Fig. 46 put the foot on the ground with the toes first if the step be long enough so that during the abduction of the leg the foot is plantar-fleeted; the leg thereb...

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Heinrich S Frenkel
189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
Publication date
04 Mar 2012
Publication City/Country
Miami Fl, United States
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white