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Passive mechanical properties of the wrist and physiological tremor.
  1. M Lakie,
  2. E G Walsh,
  3. G W Wright


    Observations on wrist tremor have been made in the horizontal plane using a tremorograph of new design. A small tap to the hand gave rise to a decrementing series of oscillations at about 9 Hz; as these effects were seen in relaxed and in anaesthetised subjects they were not due to neural reflexes. With the fingers partially extended the spontaneous tremor increased markedly and taps again gave rise to a series of oscillations. Under these circumstances there was no modulation of the EMG. It is accordingly concluded that mechanical wrist resonance plays a major role in the forms of tremor studied.

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