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A second edition of this book testifies to the currently fashionable trend to explain psychological events by physiological phenomena in the brain. This book is based on extensive experimental studies previously reviewed here. Changes in behavior of animals after electrocoagulation or stimulation of the hypothalamus and thalamus are striking and have occupied the author for more than four decades. His pioneering work in this field is widely acknowledged and the attempt to put it into perspective in the present volume is welcome. For this task Professor Hess has enlisted the help of neurologists, neurosurgeons, clinical neurophysiologists, and pharmacologists.
In the first part the author states his views on basic manifestations of consciousness and defends the validity of animal experimentation to elucidate the mechanisms of mood, competitiveness, and memory in man, and the relation of these phenomena to psychosomatic medicine. The second part of the book is an overview of the
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