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July 19, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(3):81-82. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390520025012

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On the following postulates we desire the calm and careful consideration of those conversant with the blood supply and microscopic anatomy of the brain, that our interchange of views may be beneficial as well as entertaining to the readers of the Journal.

We hold that there is no such thing as reflex action. That all nerve force is from center to periphery, and that which we term reflex action is but the cognizance of nerve-waste, and that the involuntary motion of avoidance is the result of ganglionic cell supply of same. Constant irritation of the peripheral end of a nerve calls for continued supply, thereby an abnormal determination to its center and finally inflammation, erroneously termed transferred irritation. The gray through its oxygen, being the true dynamic matter, is but fuel for future brain waste, and any impediment to its transit through its schwannian structure destroys its use, as is

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