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August 1969

Hypertension, vol 16: Neural Control of Arterial Pressure.

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300180123026

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This is a collection of ten papers presented at a 1967 meeting, more or less concerned with neural regulation of blood pressure. Perhaps the greatest attraction of the volume is the overview it provides of recent research in hypertension.

The first paper is an historical review by Professor von Euler which culuminates in a discussion of present concepts of adrenergic neurotransmitter function. The major steps along the way—the idea of chemical and neural transmission, the identification of levarterenol (norepinephrine) as the transmitter, the nature of granules in nerve terminals— are related with the perspective that authority permits. Interrelationships of epinephrine and levarterenol and the dynamic nature of levarterenol synthesis and release are described. A selected bibliography is cited, dating from 1904 to the present.

Smith and associates present information by which they explore the interesting conviction that autonomic control of cardiovascular function is not nearly so gross and nonspecific as

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