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July 1965

Brain Function: Cortical Excitability and Steady Potentials; Relations of Basic Research Space Biology.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(1):106. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470010110016

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This volume is based upon a conference held at the Brain Research Institute, UCLA, in 1961. It is divided into two quite unrelated parts. The main portion of the volume consists of a symposium on cortical excitability and steady potentials, expertly chaired by Drs. Magoun and Fremont-Smith. Although four years have passed since this symposium was held, and progress has been made in several of the fields covered, the volume is nevertheless valuable and interesting for it brings together the thoughts of active investigators in the field and presents fully the rather lively discussion that took place. In this regard, it combines the virtues of formal presentations with actual discussion of the sort usually found only in the Macy Conferences.

In a historical introduction, the early work in the field is reviewed and the story of Adolf Beck is described in some detail (Brazier). De Robertis describes studies on the

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