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Muscular afferents and motor control. By Ragner Granit (ed.) John Wiley Sons Inc. New York N. Y. 1966. 466 pp. $20

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Wiley Sons, Inc., New York, N. Y. 1966.
466 pp. $20.00.
This volume publishes the proceedings
of the First Nobel Symposium held in
June, 1965 at Sodergarn, Sweden. The
editor and publisher are to be congratulated on the production of a high quality,
hard-back book so rapidly (publ. date May, 1966). This proves that contributors
to symposia need not wait two to three
years to see their work in print, even when
standard typesetting procedures are employed!
Though this is the first symposium sponsored by the Nobel Foundation, it is the
second devoted to the area of muscular
afferents in recent years. In this sense,
the symposium is a follow-up of one convened at Hong Kong University in 1961
(Barker, ’62) with the number of participants increased and the topic broadened
to include motor control. Forty-one papers
are presented in the order in which they
were read at the meeting. All are in
Since a symposium of this kind is arranged to permit research specialists to
talk with research specialists, the reader
whose interests are peripheral to the field
will find parts of the book rough going unless he does some home-work, In organization the papers range from reports of
original research to brief reviews, with
most being a mixture of the two. Areas of
research interest appear to have been well
selected to present a survey of modern
work in the field. The book is essential
reading for the neurophysiologist. Others
will find the variety of topics sufficient to
warrant selective perusal.
Factors of protocol or of necessity may
have dictated the original order of presentation of the papers; however, editorial
changes certainly could have facilitated
their use in published form both for initial reading and for later reference: (1) an
arrangement of the contributions accord-
ing to focus of investigative interest. Failure to do so is keenly felt due to lack of
an index. (2) An arrangement of papers
calculated to increase the coherence of
presentation. Two examples : ( a ) the
paper by Jansen which briefly reviews the
concepts of static and dynamic fusimotor
fibers should have preceded rather than
followed that of Bessou and Laporte. (b)
Von Euler’s paper tells us (p. 201) that
‘ A preliminary report on some aspect of
this work is briefly plresented to this symposium.” The paper referred to, by Andersson and Lennerstrand, precedes that
of von Euler by almost 100 pages!
Comparing the papers of the recent symposium with those of the one held in 1961,
the reviewer was disappointed by two elements of background which have not
changed: (1) the cat s t i l l has a corner on
the market as an experimental animal, if
one may judge by the current papers, despite the increasing popularity of primates
in adjacent areas of neurophysiology.
Routine use of a single species does offer
direct comparability of results, but generalization from such data is dangerous in
the light of differences already known or
suspected (e.g., function of anterior lobe
of the cerebellum in cat and in man). (2)
It is obvious that the excitement of the
chase in the field of muscular afferents
and motor control lies in elegance of experimental design and sophistication of
instrumentation. The gap between functional investigation and research directed
toward structural correlation appears only
to have widened in the interval of some
four years. The field would profit by the
addition of some neurophysiologically oriented morphologists. Lack of good structural evidence to support functional interpretation is painfully apparent in a
number of cases.
Department of Anatomy
University of Kentucky
IBarker, D. (ed.)
Symposium on Muscle
Receptors. H o n g Kong University Press.
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