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July 5, 1941

O pishchevykh i oboronitelnykh sekretornykh i dvigatelnykh bezuslovnykh reaktsiyakh u sobaki

JAMA. 1941;117(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270076037

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The monograph by Garibyan is a report on experimental work carried out in the physiologic laboratory of the Medical Institute of Rostov. It represents an interesting approach to the problem of the influence of the midbrain on behavior. The author proceeds from the premises of Pavlov that there exist special centers for the alimentary and the defense reflexes. The author made use of the well known method of demonstrating the alimentary reflex through observation of salivary secretion. The defense reactions were studied by systematic observations of the oral movements in response to direct stimuli. The specificity of the frequency of these movements proved to be an even more constant index than the specificity of the salivary response. This is a preliminary investigation whose ultimate aim is to elucidate the role of the midbrain, which is regarded as a stage in the evolutionary development reflecting an important phase in the development

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