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October 30, 1937

Interprétation du fonctionnement du système nerveux par la notion de subordination: Subordination et posture

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1477-1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440067035

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The work of Lapicque and his collaborators on chronaxia and allied topics—mainly the influence of the central nervous system on the electrical excitability of peripheral structures (subordination)—is presented by the author with abundant details and enthusiastic conviction. Stress is laid on clinical observations and literature, even when but indirectly related to the subjects under discussion. The bibliography contains almost exclusively French and German publications; authors of other nationalities are mentioned only as quoted by French commentators. Thus, figure 16 is reproduced from an article by Rosenblueth and Morison, and this article is not included in the bibliography. Similarly, the chapter devoted to the theory of chemical transmission of nerve impulses does not give any references to Cannon, Feldberg or Dale. An utter disregard of the overwhelming adverse criticism that has recently been published concerning many of Lapicque's statements about isochromism, curarization, subordination and "iterative" systems results in an artificially cogent

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