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November 8, 1913


JAMA. 1913;61(19):1739-1740. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350200065028

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This volume comprises the eighth series of Silliman lectures, delivered at Yale University in 1911-1912. In this series of nine lectures the author endeavors to "show what information the analysis of irritability and of the effect of stimuli can give us of the nature of the processes in living substances." The historical development of the modern conception of irritability is outlined in the first lecture. Of special interest to the physician is the important contribution to the conception of irritability by Virchow in establishing the cell doctrine in pathology and medicine, with its corollary that "disease must be considered as a reaction of body-cells to stimuli." The subjects treated in the final chapter are the general effects of stimuli, the nature of the excitation processes, conduction of the excitation processes, the nature of fatigue, inhibition and narcosis.

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