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April 1939

The Hypothalamus: Morphological, Functional, Clinical and Surgical Aspects.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(4):868-869. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270160224023

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Four lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh, under the auspices of the William Ramsay Henderson Trust, are assembled in this book. The first lecture, by Le Gros Clark, entitled "The Morphological Aspects of the Hypothalamus," presents an excellent and authoritative account of the structure and connections of this part of the brain. The supraopticohypophysial tract, joining the hypothalamus with the neural division of the hypophysis, is described briefly. The author unfortunately adheres to the view of Popa and Fielding that a portal circulation carries blood from the hypophysis to the hypothalamus, in spite of the evidence to the contrary presented by Wislocki.

The second lecture, by Beattie, is devoted to the functional aspects of the hypothalamus, and hypothalamic activity is considered from the point of view of its role in the regulation of the constancy of the internal environment, and particularly in the regulation of body temperature.

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