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August 1920

ENDOCRINAL DEFECTS AND MENTAL STATES

Arch NeurPsych. 1920;4(2):185-190. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180200050006
Abstract

A recent article by Kempf1 on "The Tonus of Autonomic Segments as Causes of Abnormal Behavior" says "The ascent of man from a relatively simple organism (the embryonic cell) that is, a complete autonomic apparatus, which specializes into systems and gradually develops a striped muscle or projicient apparatus, naturally divides the matured organism into an autonomic apparatus and its projicient apparatus. The autonomic apparatus is constituted of the organs and ganglionic nervous systems which regulate the assimilation, conservation, transformation, distribution and use of the energic products which are necessary to sustain and promote life and the elimination of the waste products.... The projicient is constituted of the skeleton and striped muscle systems, the exteroceptors, the intramuscular proprioceptors and their cerebrospinal nervous systems.... At birth we have a well-developed harmoniously reciprocating autonomic apparatus and a poorly coordinated projicient apparatus, but the autonomic apparatus begins immediately to coordinate and exercise control

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