|Babinski, of Polish
descent, had a thorough training in general medicine before entering the
study of neurology. His bibliography is lengthy beginning with a treatise
on typhoid fever (1882) and ending with a study on hysteria (1930). He
worked with the great in neurology in France to include Charcot, Brissaud,
Pierre Marie, Dejerine and others. He described in 1903 the associated
fanning of the toes which would later be termed Babinski Sign. He also
published on cerebrospinal syphilis, cerebellar signs and symptoms such
as asynergia adiadochokinesia, on reflexes, on unilateral bulbar lesions
and dystrophia adiposogenitalia.
Babinski anticipated the neurosurgical era approaching France and of 2 of his favorite students- de Martel and Vincent he stated "I showed them the way to found French neurosurgery."
Photos from Babinski's original description of his sign