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October 1927

Muscular Contraction and the Reflex Control of Movement.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(4):664-667. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210040171016

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This is a clear, concise and scholarly book which fills a long felt need. It is dedicated to Sir Charles Sherrington, the author being one of his recent collaborators and pupils; the book reviews thoroughly the recent work on neuromuscular physiology, naturally dealing in a great measure with the investigations of Sherrington's school during the last twenty years. In fact, it may be said to have taken up the work where "The Integrative Action of the Nervous System" left it in 1906, and to have brought the subject up to date. Its importance to neurologists is therefore fundamental.

The historical introduction is interesting and brightly done. The rest of part I deals with basic physiology of the contractile response of skeletal muscle; this takes up 192 pages, and the list of chapter headings indicates the subject matter: (1) broad features of the electrical responses of skeletal muscle; excitation; chronaxie. (2)

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