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May 1969

Biology of Emotions

Author Affiliations

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):596. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150114017

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To the Editor  —I am pleased that Dr. Jacobson has taken the opportunity to quote himself more fully, and trust this will clarify his meaning to the reader. Despite this more lengthy quotation, I cannot agree with him. No one would deny the importance of the musculature as an effector of neural impulses. But even here one must recognize that the importance of efferents from the musculature has been seriously questioned by psychologists and neurophysiologists working with animals subjected to major surgical deafferentation.Experimental evidence for Dr. Jacobson's position (which I take to be that the nervous system is virtually devoid of function without muscular effectors) is at best exiguous. I submit that there is ample, unequivocal evidence for CNS function in the absence or marked reduction of "muscular power." One need only consider here the findings in poliomyelitis, high cord transections, curarization without anesthesia, etc.I reiterate my belief

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