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Sensory Functions of the Skin in Primates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080212081, 9781483188010

Sensory Functions of the Skin in Primates

1st Edition

With Special Reference to Man

Editor: Yngve Zotterman
eBook ISBN: 9781483188010
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 620
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Sensory Functions of the Skin in Primates: With Special Reference to Man deals with sensory functions of the skin in primates, particularly humans. The discussions are organized around three themes: mechanoreception, thermoception, and nociception.

Comprised of 43 chapters, this volume begins with a detailed treatment of the natural and paranatural stimulation of sensory receptors, followed by an analysis of a theory of sympathetic-sensory coupling. The reader is then introduced to the "receptripse", the desmosome-like lamellar-axonal junction subserving mechano-electric transduction and inducing the sympathetic actions on the pacinian sensor. Subsequent chapters focus on differences in timing of corticocuneate and corticogracile actions; organization and neuronal morphology of the spinocervical tract; skin mechanoreceptors in the human hand; and cellular mechanisms in the parietal cortex in alert monkeys. The book also examines the response of central trigeminal neurons to cutaneous thermal stimulation and the role of thermoreceptors in thermoregulation.

This monograph will be of interest to specialists in fields ranging from anatomy and biology to physiology and neurophysiology.

Table of Contents

Contributors and Invited Participants

Opening Address

Natural and Paranatural Stimulation of Sensory Receptors

Towards a Theory of Sympathetic-Sensory Coupling: The Primary Sensory Neuron as a Feedback Target of the Sympathetic Terminal

The "Receptripse": The Desmosome-Like Lamellar-Axonal Junction Subserving Mechano-Electric Transduction and Effecting the Sympathetic Actions on the Pacinian Sensor


Rapidly Adapting Cutaneous Mechanoreceptors (RA): Coding, Variability and Information Transmission

Coding of Velocity of Skin Mentation in Man and Monkey. A Perceptual-Neurophysiological Correlation

Differential Excitation of Dorsal Horn and Substantia Gelatinosa Marginal Neurons by Primary Afferent Units with Fine (Aδ and C) Fibers

The Spinocervical Tract: Organization and Neuronal Morphology

Tactile Thresholds of Normal and Blind Subjects on Stimulation of Finger Pads with Short Mechanical Pulses of Variable Amplitude

Tactile Intensity Functions in Patients with Sutured Peripheral Nerve

Somatosensory Potentials from the Exposed Cortex in Monkey and from the Scalp in Man Related to the Sensory Magnitude of Tactual Stimulation

Microneurography in Man

Studies on Cutaneous A and C Fiber Afférents, Skin Nerve Blocks and Perception

A Method for Mechanical Stimulation of Skin Receptors

Skin Mechanoreceptors in the Human Hand: Receptive Field Characteristics

Skin Mechanoreceptors in the Human Hand: An Inference of Some Population Properties

Skin Mechanoreceptors in the Human Hand: Neural and Psychophysical Thresholds

Stimulus-Response Functions of Primary Afferents and Psychophysical Intensity Estimation on Mechanical Skin Stimulation in the Human Hand

Mechanoreceptive Unit Activity in Human Skin Nerves Correlated with Touch and Vibratory Sensations

Differences in Timing of Corticocuneate and Corticogracile Actions

Cellular Mechanisms in the Parietal Cortex in Alert Monkey


Response of Central Trigeminal Neurons to Cutaneous Thermal Stimulation

Thermosensory Mechanisms in the Spinal Cord of Monkeys

Correlations of Temperature Sensitivity in Man and Monkey. A First Approximation

Correlations of Neural Activity and Thermal Sensation in Man

Conduction in the Afferent Thermal Pathways of Man

The Origin and Projections of a Spinal Nociceptive and Thermoreceptive Pathway

Role of Thermoreceptors in Thermoregulation

Temperature Sensations Among Other Sensations to the Stimuli of Focused Ultrasound. The Comparison with the Temperature Sensations by Mechanical Stimuli


The Development in Regenerating Cutaneous Nerves of C Fiber Receptors Responding to Noxious Heating of the Skin

Pharmacological Modulation of the Discharge of Nociceptive

The Effects of Anti-Inflammatory Agents on the Responses and the Sensitization of unmyelinated (C) Fiber Polymodal Nociceptors

Mechanisms of Muscle Pain: A Comparison with Cutaneous Nociception

Skin Receptors Supplied by Unmyelinated (C) Fibers in Man

Preliminary Observations on the Pathophysioiogy of Hyperalgesia in the Causalgic Pain Syndrome

Single Afferent C Fiber Activity in the Human Nerve during Painful and Non Painful Skin Stimulation with Radiant Heat

Temperature Sensitivity and Pain Thresholds in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy

Modulation of Clinical and Experimental Pain in Man by Electrical Stimulation of Thalamic Periventricular Gray

Effects of Multifocal Brain Stimulation on Pain and Somatosensory Functions

Activation Patterns Induced in the Dominant Hemisphere by Skin Stimulation

Evidence Pertaining to an Endogenous Mechanism of Pain Inhibition in the Central Nervous System

Acupuncturelike Electroanalgesia in TNS-Resistant Chronic Pain

Immunohistochemical Studies on the Distribution of Substance P and Somatostatin in Primary Sensory Neurons

Concluding Discussion: What About the Future?


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