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December 1939


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(6):1328-1339. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190060197012

ANATOMY OF THE REFLEXES  One of the important events of the year for clinical neurologists is the publication of Fulton's "Physiology of the Nervous System."1 The book is more accurately described as a physiologic anatomy of the central nervous system, for several aspects of neurophysiology have been slighted or omitted but the coordinated exposition of anatomy and function is extraordinarily well done and is just the sort of information that the student of neurology needs before he undertakes clinical problems.Chapter XV is written largely by Lorente de Nó and is especially significant because it brings together for the first time a group of observations that have changed the trend of neurologic thought in recent years. Formerly the reflex arc was considered the epitome of nervous action; combinations of reflex arcs were thought to be added together and organized into more and more complex action patterns, but this concept