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February 1955

MORPHOLOGY OF THE SENSORY NERVE APPARATUS IN STRIATED MUSCLE OF THE HUMAN EYE

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich.
From the Laboratory of Neuropathology and Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Michigan Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;53(2):201-207. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930010203004
Abstract

PREVIOUS neurohistological investigations of the nervous system of the striated muscles of the human eye are primarily concerned with the motor and vegetative nerves and largely neglect the sensory apparatus (Boecke,* Kirsche,9 Wolter †). Since a systematic study of the latter is not available, a detailed description of the sensory nerves and endings will be given in this contribution.

MATERIALS AND METHODS  Normal striated muscles of the human eye were used exclusively. We applied a modification of the Gros-Schultze silver technique (Wolter17) and the silver carbonate method without reduction (del Rio Hortega), the latter proving of particular value (Scharenberg and Zeman13). Both methods permit exact microphotographic recording. Reconstructions by drawing are used to describe particularly complicated structures.

HISTOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION  Six distinctly different sensory end-organs can be distinguished in the striated muscles of the human eye.Type 1. Sensory muscle spindles (Figs. 1 and 2) built of thick

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