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Differentiation of Somatic and Autonomic Nerve Fibres in Tissue Sections


VARIOUS morphological types of encapsulated and non-encapsulated nerve endings in glabrous skin and mucous membranes have been described by several workers1,2, and these findings have been confirmed recently in a study of the innervation of selected regions of the oral mucosa in a number of mammals3. In contrast, little attention has been given in the past to the nature of the nerve plexuses from which these terminations arise, and the investigation has been extended to include this aspect of the problem4.

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DIXON, A. Differentiation of Somatic and Autonomic Nerve Fibres in Tissue Sections. Nature 180, 709–710 (1957).

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