The picture clearly illustrates the concept of a clinical school; several future eminent neurologists attended the presentation, including Joseph Babinski
(he is in the painting supporting the patient).
Joseph Babinski (1857-1932) contributed to the field of neurology not only by describing the plantar skin reflex that today bears his name, but also by investigating a wide range of pathology from cerebellar asynergy to adiadochokinesis, dysmetria, anosognosia or cerebellar catalapsy (Furukawa 2014).
And last but not least, this could be the contextual reason to evoke the memory of a great neurologist, Joseph Babinski, or to point to such modern research techniques as TMS.
Furukawa T (2014) Joseph Babinski's contribution to neurological symptomatology.
By 1901, Joseph Babinski
, one of Charcot's favorite disciples, had separated neurological organic diseases from hysteria.
During his youth, Joseph Babinski lived through both the Franco-Prussian War between July 1870 to January 1871, and the Paris Commune uprising, with its sad end in May 1871.
On 27 July 1898, in the Semaine Medicale, Joseph Babinski discussed the plantar reflex: both in the case of central nervous system anomalies and in the healthy newborn infant during his first year, following a moving sensory stimulus, applied to the lateral plantar surface of the foot, there would be a slow extension of the big toe.
As early as 1911 in France, P Lecene performed the first operation to relieve compression of the spinal cord for a patient of Joseph Babinski who had a meningioma.
When one friend asked Joseph Babinski in 1932 how he thought his achievement would be judged by posterity, he replied: 'The sign is not really my greatest achievement.
In private practice Joseph Babinski was as meticulous as in the hospital, guided by a sincere devotion to his patients.
Joseph Babinski's Thesis: Anatomical and clinical study of multiple sclerosis--1885
To the Editor.--We read with interest the paper written recently by Jay on the Sign of Babinski.(1) We agree that Babinski did "his most famous communication on the reflex only 28 lines long."(1) However, we disagree with Jay on the correlation between this communication and the so-called Babinski sign; Joseph Babinski
never called the upgoing toe as such.