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May 1969

Biology of Emotions

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):596. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150114016

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To the Editor  —That "information processing" is an established function of the nervous system has become generally recognized among neurophysiologists. In the June 1968 issue of the Archives, the reviewer of my book, Biology of Emotions, misquotes from page 19, indicating that I there deny this recognized function and later recognize this function (like other neurophysiologists).Evidently the reviewer, Col C. H. Kratochvil, omitted to read four words on page 19, namely, "this and no more," as well as the paragraph which followed. The reviewer states, The approach to the function of the central nervous system (CNS) can only be described as naive. For instance, the CNS is often referred to as a telephone switchboard: we are told (p 19) that information processing the nervous system is a "figment of the student's imagination." However, we are later told (p 32, Fig 1), "Perception of environment occurs through information processing in

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