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May 1932

Les phénomènes de répercussivité (système sympathique; système cérébrospinal; les spasmes vasculaires; épilepsie; asthme).

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(5):1266-1268. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230170282011

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Various functions in the organism are interdependent. A disturbance of one of these functions reflects on the others. The repercussion of a disturbance from a diseased organ on the other organs is known as "sympathy." When, vice versa, the normal physiologic activity of an organ reflects on the functions of the diseased organ, then one may speak of this particular susceptibility of the latter as of a phenomenon of repercussion. André-Thomas studies: (1) the phenomena of repercussion occurring within and through the medium of the sympathetic nervous system—pilomotor, sudoral and vasomotor repercussions; (2) the phenomena of cerebrospinal, motor and sensory repercussions—chorea, athetosis, myoclonus, tremors, muscular fibrillations, so-called epilepsy of amputation stumps, phenomena of echo-pain, causalgias, sensory hallucinations of amputated extremities, etc. The phenomena discussed in these two chapters of the book are relatively easy to demonstrate, and their nature and the rôle of the repercussion in their mechanism are well

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