Electrical Phenomena and Isolated Tissues from the Brain

  • John A. Harvey
  • Henry Mcllwain


Under appropriate conditions of preparation and incubation tissue specimens from the mammalian brain have been shown to possess electrophysiological responses, ionic content, and metabolic properties in vitro that approximate those observed in situ. Information therefore has become available concerning the linkage between ionic movement and metabolism during the maintenance of the resting membrane potential in mammalian tissue and the events occurring during excitation and subsequent recovery.(1,2) The present chapter describes some of the methods employed as well as the data obtained in such investigations; for fuller accounts of several of the topics discussed, see McIlwain,(1,2) and McIlwain and Rodnight.(4)


Rest Membrane Potential Cerebral Tissue Piriform Cortex Electrical Phenomenon Grid Electrode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Harvey
    • 1
  • Henry Mcllwain
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry Institute of Psychiatry British Postgraduate Medical FederationUniversity of London Maudsley HospitalLondonUK

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