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August 1931

The Evolution of the Nervous System in Invertebrates, Vertebrates and Man.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(2):467-468. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230080223028

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In a volume of more than 300 pages the author gives the chief evolutionary principles and most characteristic forms of the evolution of the nervous system in invertebrates, vertebrates and man. There is first an introduction in which the general principles of neurobiotaxis, an original conception, are emphasized. This is followed by an exposition of the nervous system of invertebrates and of vertebrates. Chapters are devoted to the further development of the forebrain and the evolution of the brain stem. There is an especially interesting chapter on the metabolic tissue of the central nervous system, including the choroid plexus, ependyma, neuroglia and the phylogenetic development of the meninges. One of the most interesting parts of the book is on the anthropology of the brain, in which the relation exponent, cephalization coefficient, in various human races and the influence of cephalization coefficient and body size on brain form are given adequate