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April 1929

THE DIENCEPHALIC VEGETATIVE MECHANISMSTHE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(4):838-862. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210220109005
Abstract

THE WISDOM OF THE BODY  It is not my intention to attempt in any way a complete summary of the anatomy or the physiology of the upper central vegetative mechanics. In the first place, I disclaim any mastery of a subject which in the last ten years has become an important issue in many of the cardinal problems of internal medicine; to present even an adequate summary of these would occupy several hours, if not days.Apart from accident, parasitic skin diseases and a few minor medical problems, I might say, exaggeratedly I admit, that the vegetative centers of the medulla oblongata, midbrain and 'tween-brain hold most of the secrets of that "wisdom of the body" which lies behind the vis medicatrix naturae on which physicians have always relied, even while they have had some illusions, if not delusions, that they were important agents in therapy.In that most ancient

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