Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions

Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions

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This unique text relates the dramatic advances of modern neurobiology to our understanding of the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system, providing a clear view of the central neuronal components involved in autonomic control. The scope is wide, ranging from anatomical pathways and molecular pharmacology to the perceptual qualities of autonomic sensation and their potential in modifying behavior. Essential background information is reviewed and the most recent research discussed in a readable, informative manner. The text is richly illustrated. The first six chapters offer a comprehensive review of the system's anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, emphasizing the organization and control of the autonomic preganglionic neurons and the complexity of central pathways. Later chapters review the autonomic control of cardiovascular, sexual, urinary, endocrine, and other functions. Written by an international group of distinguished scientists, this work is a valuable resource for clinicians, scientists, and graduate students in the fields of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience.Figure 15-10 Diagram showing the innervation of the arteries of the choroid layer of the eye. ... The postganglionic fibers arising from this ganglion innervate the choroidal blood vessels. fenestrated vessels allow for efficient ... cats are made hypertensive, as long as the cervical sympathetic nerves remain intact, blood flow to the retina, the optic nerve, and the uvea is maintained within the normal range.

Title:Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions
Author: Arthur D. Loewy Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology Washington University School of Medicine, London K. Michael Spyer Professor of Physiology Royal Free Hospital Medical School
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1990-06-07

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