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June 8, 1935

Some Functions of the Cerebral Cortex

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230069031

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This small volume comprises the thirteenth annual Beaumont Foundation Lectures, which were delivered before the Wayne County Medical Society of Detroit in 1934. The lectures concern certain studies of the function of the cerebral cortex in primates. The book is divided into two chapters. The first is further subdivided into eight parts. They are: 1. Discussion of subcortical regulation of visceral functions. Intestinal peristalsis and finally intussusception result from bilateral extirpation of the frontal cortex. 2. Discussion of the cerebral cortex and its association with regulation of visceral activities. 3. Responses of the intestine to stimulation of the frontal lobes and various other parts of the cortex. Peristalsis and finally intussusception were produced experimentally by mild faradic stimulation of the supraprecentral sulcus. When the vagi were cut, no such reaction could be produced. 4. Relation of morbid hunger to lesions of the brain. The author urges further study of the

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