A basic rule concerning the forms of manifestation for palsies of any aetiology. It says that those muscles or groups of muscles that have the least strength (judged by muscle weight) and have to work under the most unfavourable physical, physiological and anatomical conditions, are the first to become completely paralysed, and also regain their functional capacity slowest and to the least degree. Conversely, those muscles that have the most favourable working conditions are spared to a large degree.
See also Flatau's law, under Edward Flatau.
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