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November 9, 1957

Physiology of the Nervous System

JAMA. 1957;165(10):1350. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980280124025

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An opening chapter summarizes the fundamental phenomena seen by the physiologist when he cuts and stimulates motor nerves. It analyzes the activities of muscle fibers and of the neuromuscular junction, explains accomodation and strength-duration curves, and applies these concepts to practical problems, such as that of electrophrenic respiration. The remaining chapters deal with somatic sensibility; applied physiology of pain; the spinal cord; posture and the labyrinth; the cerebellum; the cerebral cortex, olfaction, and electroencephalography; the auditory system and temporal lobes; the visual system; cortical control of movement and the corticospinal and extrapyramidal systems; sensory pathways, the thalamus, the parietal lobe, and speech; and the hypothalamus, rhinencephalon, and frontal lobes. The text is well illustrated with diagrams and several good plates. There is a copious bibliography, alphabetically arranged by authors, and a subject index.

Much about this book will remind the reader of Sherrington's "Integrative Action of the Nervous System," which

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