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March 1969

Monographs of the Physiological Society, No. 17: The Auditory Pathway.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(3):335. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480090123025

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The sensory systems subserving vision and hearing have long been used in a fruitful manner as models for research into the field of neurophysiology because of the possibility of obtaining precise quantitative measurements on responses to well-defined signals, but also because of the possibility of eliciting overt motor responses to such stimulation.

The present book attempts to assess the present state of the art in the form of a continuous story from the standpoint of a neurophysiologist who himself was able to add quite a few stones to the mosaic he presents here.

Dr. Whitfield starts out with the arrival of the acoustic signal at the oval window, a somewhat arbitrary, but defendable, point of departure. He then takes his reader step by step to the various levels of the ascending auditory system, relating anatomical data, electrophysiological measurements, and, where available, psychological (including animal behavioral) evidence (chapters 1 to 7).

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