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April 1969

The Vagi in Medicine and Surgery.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(4):449. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480100125019

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Physicians in many specialities deal with physiological and disease processes affected by, or inflicted by, the vagus nerves. In this slim (73 text pages) volume, the author stresses the "integrating functions of the vagi" in discussing vagal influences on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. Additional very brief sections cover central vagus lesions, airway, voice, larynx innervation, dyspnea, and the esophagus. Most chapters include some clinical information.

Vagal effects on the heart are covered in greatest detail, with descriptions of afferent, efferent, and intrinsic innervation, and correlation with physiological investigations. Less successful are the chapters on functional anatomy of the vagus and its branches, which are abbreviated and sparsely documented by references.

The monograph is largely a compilation of three reviews published by the author in the last few years, which are not cited in the bibliography. The process of redistribution of earlier material has often resulted in a confused

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