Alterations of Chemical Equilibrium in the Nervous System

  • Abel Lajtha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. D. A. Rappoport, N. M. Trieff, M. K. O’Heeron Jr., V. A. Benignus, R. G. Benton
    Pages 1-28
  3. G. P. Talwar, U. B. Singh
    Pages 29-61
  4. Richard A. Lovell
    Pages 63-102
  5. Arthur Yuwiler
    Pages 103-171
  6. Edward L. Bennett, Mark R. Rosenzweig
    Pages 173-201
  7. Bernard W. Agranoff
    Pages 203-219
  8. Georges Ungar
    Pages 241-253
  9. John Dobbing
    Pages 255-266
  10. H. S. Maker, G. M. Lehrer
    Pages 267-310
  11. Jill E. Cremer
    Pages 311-323
  12. P. A. Shore
    Pages 349-356
  13. Joseph J. Schildkraut, Elliot S. Gershon
    Pages 357-386
  14. Mogens Schou
    Pages 387-393
  15. L. J. Mullins
    Pages 395-421
  16. Wolf-Dietrich Dettbarn
    Pages 423-439
  17. Stephen I. Szara
    Pages 441-455
  18. Henrik Wallgren
    Pages 509-523
  19. Enrique Egaña
    Pages 525-573
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 575-584

About this book


It has been recognized for more than a thousand years that the function of the brain, like the function of the other organs of the body, is determined by its physical, chemical, and biological properties. Evidence that even its highest functions could be explained by these properties was gathered only in recent years, however; these findings, which clearly have to be confirmed by a great deal of further experimental evidence, indicate that most, if not all, of the functions of the brain are based on its bio­ chemical and biophysical mechanisms. This at first hearing may sound rather simple, but the ability to understand learning, emotion, perhaps even creativity, on biological terms may well be the most important scientific discovery of all time. Few pieces of knowledge can influence our future health and well-being to the degree that understanding of mental mechanisms will. It has been clearly shown in many ways in the previous volumes of this Handbook that from the biochemical or neurochemical point of view the brain is one of the most active organs. The brain seems stable and in some respects permanent; this is evidence not of inactivity but of carefully controlled homeostasis, of dynamic rather than static equilibrium, with most components undergoing metabolic alterations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Abel Lajtha
    • 1
  1. 1.New York State Research Institute for Neurochemistry and Drug AddictionNew YorkUSA

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