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October 6, 1951

Nerve Impulse: Transactions of the First Conference, March 2-3, 1950, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;147(6):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670230079035

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This monograph has been prepared by five authors in as many chapters: Harry Grundfest, J. H. Ivastel, C. Ladd Proser, David Bodian, and Henry B. Steinbach. These chapters deal with electrophysiology, biochemistry, comparative physiology, histology, and ion exchange and permeability.

This is the unindexed stenographic report of the conference with the free exchange of opinions and ideas, the interruption of the speaker with questions and often digression into rather distant, though related fields. Undoubtedly there is some merit in such a presentation. It permits the reader to gain the flavor of the conference, to become a vicarious participant, to a limited degree. However, there is no merit in also giving the reader so complete an insight into the colloquialisms of each of the participants, into their variable ability to speak grammatically and express their thoughts syntactically. In fact, the ungrammatical expressions, the ambiguity, and the lack of good organization are

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