Reflexes are automatic body movements that are not under a person's
control. Some reflexes last throughout life, such as the physical response to
being startled, while others go away as the nervous system matures, such as the
rooting reflex of newborns that helps them latch on to the breast or bottle for
Reflexes can be affected by injury, disease, and some
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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