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The author pays tribute to the fundamental work on this subject by Gaskell and Langley, whose conclusions form the basis of the plan of the autonomic system as expounded in this book. He adopts Cannon's thesis that the results of sympathetic stimulation are, like the effects of epinephrin, katabolic, and serve to activate the body for a struggle and to increase its powers of defense. The action of the cranial visceral fibers, on the other hand, is anabolic and serve to build up reserves, fortifying the body against times of need and stress.
The relation of the sympathetic nervous system to the endocrine glands is discussed, and a brief summary is given of the physiology and clinical significance of the suprarenals, thyroid gland and pituitary body.
Separate chapters are devoted to the relation of the sympathetic nervous system to glycosuria, to diseases of digestion, and to the diseases of the
THE SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM IN DISEASE (Oxford Medical Publications).. Arch NeurPsych. 1921;5(3):358–359. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02180270134011