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September 1970

The Innervation of the Lung.

Arch Neurol. 1970;23(3):288. doi:10.1001/archneur.1970.00480270098015

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This short monograph, in six chapters and summary comments, deals with vagal and sympathetic innervation of the lung in a number of species, including amphibian, reptile, avians, rodents, cats, dogs, and man. Chronic denervation, by extrapulmonary neurectomy or reimplantation of the lung in the cat and the dog, resulted in degenerative changes of nervous structures deep in the lung as well as atrophy of bronchiolar and vascular smooth muscles. Anatomical descriptions are adundantly illustrated with photomicrographs, including two colored plates, all superbly reproduced.

For this reviewer the text often requires concentrated efforts for comprehension. Certain passages seem repetitious. However, the subject matter may justify the manner of presentation.

Comparative anatomists may find this volume valuable as a complete survey of pulmonary innervation. Physiologists may consider the evidence presented here important in explaining many functions of the lung. Clinicians should note that pulmonary denervation may have serious consequences because of atrophic

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