By Albert Kuntz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Publication number 115, American Lecture Series, monograph in American Lectures in Anatomy. Edited by Otto F. Kampmeier, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Head of Department, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. Cloth. $4.50. Pp. 152. with 31 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill.; Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ltd., 49 Broad St., Oxford. England: Ryerson Press, 299 Queen St., W., Toronto, 2B, 1951.
This book presents a concise, objective account of the many facts now known about the nervous connections between the viscera and the central nervous system. The major divisions are devoted to (1) the general plan of somatic and visceral innervation, (2) the autonomic nerves, (3) reflex and integrating centers and central conduction pathways concerned in visceral functions, (4) general physiology, including the chemical mediation of nervous impulses and the metabolic influences thereof, (5) innervation of specific viscera, and (6) visceral neural factors in personality.
The first five sections will be welcomed by students of anatomy as an up-to-date and authoritative summary of a difficult subject, useful primarily to those who are already well oriented in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. As contributions to the technical literature of medicine they deserve high praise. They are, unfortunately, not exciting to read, and one looks forward to the concluding section in the hope that some
Visceral Innervation and Its Relation to Personality. JAMA. 1952;148(7):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930070087030