The Importance of Steady-State Equilibria in Small-Celled Reticular Systems

  • Derek Denny-Brown


It is a special pleasure for me to join this testimonial to Frank Schmitt for several reasons, but chiefly because he and his associates at MIT have provided for those of us who work in Boston a direct view of the excitement and thrill of exploration of submicroscopic structure in relation to function. For those whose interest is primarily in the clinic, and who accordingly attempt to deal with neuronal mass effects, the submicroscopic has a peculiar unreality which the electron microscope and x-ray diffraction have not entirely dispelled. The behaviorist and clinician have more pressing problems in relation to functions that are of a larger order, but so diffuse that it is difficult to come to grips with them. Perhaps I might outline for you aspects of essential nervous integration that are not as yet soluble in terms of known spinal reflexes, yet are clearly necessary to all reflex function.


Reticular Formation Macaque Monkey Myoclonic Jerk Substantia Gelatinosa Spinal Reflex 
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