Chemical Transmission of Nerve Impulses - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080205120, 9781483154510

Chemical Transmission of Nerve Impulses

1st Edition

A Historical Sketch

Authors: Z. M. Bacq
eBook ISBN: 9781483154510
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1975
Page Count: 116
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Chemical Transmission of Nerve Impulses: A Historical Sketch is a translation of the French edition ""Les Transmissions chimiques de l'influx nerveux"" published by Gauthier-Villars in Paris. Organized into 12 chapters, this book begins with a discussion on the definition and importance of the phenomenon of chemical transmission, with chapters specifically devoted to both cholinergic and adrenergic ones. This text then elucidates the general organization of the nervous system in vertebrates. The opposition to the theory of chemical transmission and the state of comparative physiology with regard to chemical transmission are also explained.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition

Preface to the French Edition

1. Definition and Importance of the Phenomenon of Chemical Transmission

2. General Organization of the Nervous System in Vertebrates

3. The Forerunners

4. Cholinergic Transmission

4.1. First Phase. The Parasympathetic Division of the Autonomic Nervous System

4.1.1. The Fundamental Experiments of Loewi on the Amphibian Heart

4.1.2. Extension of Loewi's Concept to the Whole Parasympathetic Innervation in Mammals

4.1.3. Problems of Nomenclature

4.2. Second Phase. The Cholinergic Nature of the Motor Nerves to Striated Muscles and the Preganglionic Fibers of the Autonomic Nervous System

4.2.1. Striated Muscle

4.2.2 Preganglionic Fibers

5. Adrenergic Transmission

6. The Progress of Biochemical Research

6.1. Acetylcholine Synthesis and Studies of Cholinesterases

6.2. Catecholamine Synthesis

7. The Opposition to the Theory of Chemical Transmission

8. Some Blind Alleys

9. Comparative Physiology

10. The Triumph: The Central Nervous System

11. Working in Sir Henry Dale's Department

12. Scientists and Science

12.1. Europe versus the U.S.A.

12.2. The Adventurous Spirit; The Flair

12.3. The Power and Simplicity of Facts and Their Utilization

12.4. The Diversity of Temperaments

A Few Complementary References


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