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Ascending Axon Degeneration Following Anterolateral Cordotomy. An Experimental Study in the Monkey

  • William R. Mehler
  • Martin E. Feferman
  • Walle J. H. Nauta
Part of the Contemporary Neuroscientists book series (CN)


In the same year in which Gowers wrote the prophetic statement quoted above, Bechterew on the basis of mylogenetic studies described two ascending fibre systems in the anterolateral funiculus of the spinal cord, two systems that were directly continuous into the reticular formation of the brain-stem. These two pathways consisted of a medial “ground bundle” of the lateral funiculus and a more lateral system of “the rest of the lateral funiculus,” exclusive of the dorsal spinocerebellar tract of Flechsig (text-fig. 1).


Reticular Formation Inferior Olive Medial Geniculate Body Lateral Reticular Nucleus Medial Lemniscus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Mehler
    • 1
  • Martin E. Feferman
    • 1
  • Walle J. H. Nauta
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Neurophysiology and NeurosurgeryWalter Reed Army Medical CenterUSA

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