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The Reticulo-Spinal Apparatus and Rigidity

Naturevolume 166page71 (1950) | Download Citation



IT is commonly held that the vestibulo-spinal apparatus is responsible for maintaining the spastic condition which occurs after decerebration and other operations. Recently, Schreiner, Lindsley and Magoun1 and others have suggested that the reticulo-spinal mechanism is more likely to be implicated. In this connexion the following observations upon an anuran, Bufo marinus, are of interest.

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  1. 1

    Schreiner, L. H., Lindsley, D. B., and Magoun, H. W., J. Neurophysiol., 12, 207 (1947).

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    Abbie, A. A., and Adey, W. R. (in the press).

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    Brooks, E. McC., and Eccles, J. C., Nature, 159, 760 (1947).

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  1. Department of Anatomy, University of Adelaide

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