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Neurological picture
Hemifacial spasm in antique sculpture: interest in the ‘other Babinski sign’
  1. Jean-Louis Devoize
  1. Correspondence to Dr J L Devoize, Hopital d'Angoulême, Service de Neurologie, Saint-Michel 16470, France; jeanlouis.devoize{at}

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This roman terracotta (1st century CE) was discovered in Smyrna (Turkey) and is displayed at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands (figure 1). It is a grotesque known as ‘Man's head as a caricature’ or ‘Actor's head’. The asymmetric distortion of the face is usually thought to …

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