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July 1938

Die Irradiation autonomer Reflexe: Untersuchungen zur Funktion des autonomen Nervensystems. VIII.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;40(1):223. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270070233021

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This serious monograph, of over 300 pages and several thousand citations from the literature, gains and suffers from having been written from a particular point of view. The author concludes his work with the statement, translated roughly: "This work is no more than an expression of the conviction, for the field of reflex relations of the autonomic nervous system, that the individual behavior of an organ is intelligible only in relation to the whole." Reflex irradiation has the function of insuring changes in all organ systems appropriate to the altered activity of the primary effector. It is normal, orderly and useful. The book gains coherence in that many facts and interpretations are placed in relation to this theme; it suffers from a certain overpleading of the case, with repeated assertions and a tendency to quote "authorities."

The volume is about evenly divided into a general and a special portion. The