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The brain stem: towards an understanding of organisation.

King, BF; (1992) The brain stem: towards an understanding of organisation. In: Wingate, DL, (ed.) Gastrointestinal Motility. (pp. 6-11). SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire UK.

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Abstract

The title of this paper contains a subtle admission.Even in these modern times, we still strive towards an understanding of the viscerotopic organisation of autonomic centres in the brain stem. It is inconceivable that such an organisation does not exist. Nervous systems do not work in terms of absolute randomness, in spite of a seeming lack of order within some integrating systems, including the central autonomic nervous system. Instead, it is the uncomfortable fact that our present-day grasp of autonomic integration is not as secure as it might be. It certainly does not approach our appreciation of the central organisation of somatic motor and sensory pathways in both forebrain and brain stem. A comparable understanding of the central organisation pf autonomic centres would be welcomed by gastroenterologists and the like, especially by investigators of functional disorders of the gut. The benefits of such an understanding are only now being realised as researchers apply modern technology to extract answers to long-considered problems and also as a diffuse body of existing information is carefully assimilated.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The brain stem: towards an understanding of organisation.
Additional information: ISBN 0 948271 18 3
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1319574
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