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November 1939

Physiology of the Nervous System.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(5):973-975. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270230195016

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This is a useful book, scholarly, thorough and timely. It is the second of the "Outlines of Physiology Series" to appear; as such it does not attempt to cover all aspects of neurophysiology, but is dedicated "to students of medicine who must bridge the gap between the concepts of neurophysiology and the problems of clinical neurology." The first eight chapters are concerned with reflexes and the spinal cord (122 pages). The brain stem is discussed in chapters 9 to 14, with the autonomic system thrown in (chapter 13). The cerebral cortex, as one would expect from the author's recent investigations, receives much attention and is given 9 chapters. The basal ganglia, the cerebellum and the nervous system as a whole each have a chapter. Bibliography and indexes, carefully prepared, round cut an excellent volume. All the illustrations, 95 in number, are clear line drawings, except for the halftone frontispiece.


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