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December 1934

Anatomie médico-chirurgicale du système nerveux végétatif.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(6):1371. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250120248024

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The increasing importance of surgery of the sympathetic nervous system justifies the timely appearance of a monograph on this subject. It is subdivided into five chapters: histologic structure and systematization; the central vegetative nervous system; the central gray matter and pathways; the peripheral vegetative system; general systematization of the neurovegetative apparatus, and methods of surgical approach.

The last chapter (twenty pages), which is perhaps the most important to the practicing surgeon, is illustrated with eight excellent drawings, which compensate to a certain degree for the (intentionally) somewhat too short description in the text. The other four chapters (214 pages) give a detailed description of the anatomy and histology of the vegetative nervous system. The authors are always conscious of the fact that the antithesis, sympathetic-parasympathetic, is mainly a physiologic, and not an anatomic, conception. But in the text they adhere to the prevalent schemes as they have been worked out