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January 9, 1967

Nerve As a Tissue

Author Affiliations

Winston-Salem, NC

JAMA. 1967;199(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020132044

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Of the three stated goals of this symposium two have been amply realized. All those interested in basic research can become acquainted with the work of colleagues in other fields, and clinicians may gain a glimpse of what is new. But the book fails to attain the third goal, of providing information immediately pertinent to diagnosis and patient care.

The book is organized into four parts: morphology, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Each part concludes with a discussion consisting mainly of questions, generally of a sophisticated nature, from the audience.

Except for a few chapters, eg, Lowry's essay on energy metabolism of the nerve cell, most of the subject matter concerns the synapse, which is, after all, the functional end of the nervous system. But a common failing of most symposia is repeated here: there is no final synthesis. Such a synthesis may in fact be impossible without the