A test used in the diagnosis of disease of the extrapyramidal system in which the head of a person in supine position is lifted by the examiner with one hand and allowed to fall into the other; in healthy individuals, the head falls suddenly, like a dead weight, whereas in extrapyramidal disease, it falls slowly.
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