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October 9, 1937

Electrical Signs of Nervous Activity

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410062028

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This book is a model for conception, content and clarity in scientific exposition. Consisting of several lectures each by the two authors, there is a minimum of duplication and a maximum of factual and theoretical matter of real value to the serious student of the problem of nervous activity. The modern knowledge of the types of fibers in peripheral nerve is traced from its inception. The importance of the cathode ray oscillograph in the analysis of nerve action potentials is brought out, and the various characteristics of nerve fibers are described. The significance of the several phenomena involved in the action potential is discussed in the light of numerous experiments, and finally the excitability cycle in peripheral nerve and in the central nervous system is described. The whole book is a detailed statement and review of the authors' original investigations and earlier research, with closely argued logical inductions. It treats

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