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June 1967

Nerve as a Tissue.

Arch Neurol. 1967;16(6):677-678. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470240115018

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The organizers of the conference on "Nerve as a Tissue" that was held in November 1964 at the Lankenau Hospital of Philadelphia succeeded in getting contributions from some of the leading workers in four fields of neurobiology: morphology, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology, and pathophysiology. A considerable number of the papers present useful summaries of their various subjects. Each section terminates with some general discussion.

In the first section S. L. Palay briefly reviewed our current state of ignorance regarding glia. J. D. Robertson presented an extensive summary of the concepts of the "unit membrane" and of the "external compound membrane" which he fathered. Like most electron microscopists, Robertson rejects a globular substructure within the membrane. Despite this consensus thinking, it is surprising that a structure which is as heterogeneous as the cell membrane in its properties and which possesses numerous varieties of enzyme and receptor sites nevertheless has the appearance

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