Control Mechanisms in the Nervous System

  • Abel Lajtha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. H. S. Bachelard
    Pages 1-12
  3. George J. Siegel, R. Wayne Albers
    Pages 13-44
  4. David R. Curtis, Graham A. R. Johnston
    Pages 115-134
  5. Leonhard S. Wolfe
    Pages 149-164
  6. Dorothea Aures, Rolf Håkanson, William G. Clark
    Pages 165-196
  7. Leslie L. Iversen
    Pages 197-220
  8. Jack Peter Green
    Pages 221-250
  9. Irvine H. Page, Arvid Carlsson
    Pages 251-262
  10. J. H. Quastel
    Pages 285-312
  11. Robert Katzman
    Pages 313-327
  12. Ole J. Rafaelsen, Erling Mellerup
    Pages 361-371
  13. Howard Sachs
    Pages 373-428
  14. Roger A. Gorski, Lynwood G. Clemens
    Pages 429-449
  15. R. J. Wurtman
    Pages 451-461
  16. Max Reiss
    Pages 463-505
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 507-516

About this book


The explosive accumulation of new knowledge in the biological sciences in the last decades has advanced our understanding of the basic mechanisms that underlie most biological phenomena. These advances, however, have not been uniform but have varied considerably among the different biological problems. In some cases, e.g., biochemical genetics, radical advances have been made which have changed our ideas and our approaches. In other cases, even with work which has yielded much detailed new knowledge, our under­ standing of basic mechanisms remains very inadequate. Among the lines of work that have not yet led to dramatic conceptual advances is the problem of control of biological activities. This problem is, of course, basic both to any full understanding of life as a whole, and to any real understanding of its most minute phenomena. Indeed, the myriad of biological activities that we can observe by direct or indirect means are all under the sway of most exquisitely precise mechanisms. Any malfunctioning of these mechanisms has serious consequences, not only for the particular function itself, but for all the related and interlinked activities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Abel Lajtha
    • 1
  1. 1.New York State Research Institute for Neurochemistry and Drug AddictionWard’s Island, New YorkUSA

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