Alpha and Gamma Motor Systems

  • Anthony Taylor
  • Margaret H. Gladden
  • Rade Durbaba

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Motoneurone Inputs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kwabena Appenteng, John C. Curtis, Paul Grimwood, Ming-Yuan Min, Hsiu-Wen Yang
      Pages 29-36
    3. Michael J. O’Donovan
      Pages 37-41
    4. I. P. Johnson, Y. S. Simaika, T. A. Sears
      Pages 51-53
    5. M. Simon, J. Destombes, G. Horcholle-Bossavit, D. Thiesson
      Pages 54-56
    6. A. Yoshida, Y. C. Bae, Y. Shigenaga, B. J. Sessle
      Pages 57-59
  3. Motor Unit Recruitment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Friedemann Awiszus, Helmut Feistner
      Pages 65-70
    3. N. Kouchtir, J.-F. Perrier, D. Zytnicki, L. Jami
      Pages 92-98
    4. E. J. Hüsler, G. C. Maissen, M. A. Maier, M.-C. Hepp-Reymond
      Pages 106-108
    5. S. J. Day, M. Hulliger, W. M. Morrow, B. Kacmar, M. Edström
      Pages 109-111
    6. N. Fujitsuka, A. Yoshimura, Y. Shimomura, T. Murakami, K. Kawakami, Y. Khobu et al.
      Pages 112-114
    7. Chantai Pérot, Maria Izabel Almeida-Silveira
      Pages 118-120
  4. Gamma Reflexes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. P. R. Murphy, H. A. Martin
      Pages 145-150
    3. R. Anastasijevic, M. Ljubisavljevic, S. Radovanovic, I. Vukcevic
      Pages 168-170
    4. Mats Djupsjöbacka, Håkan Johansson, Mikael Bergenheim, Per Sjölander
      Pages 174-176
  5. Innervation Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Jan Kucera, Patrik Ernfors, Jens Schwarze, Rudolf Jaenisch
      Pages 183-188
    3. J. M. Walro, Jun Wang
      Pages 189-195
    4. D. Barker, J. J. A. Scott, M. J. Stacey
      Pages 196-203
    5. R. W. Banks, L. Decorte, F. Emonet-Dénand, M. H. Gladden, F. Sutherland
      Pages 208-209
    6. R. W. Banks, M. H. Gladden, F. Sutherland, A. Yoshimura
      Pages 213-215

About this book


The Sherrington School of Physiology at St. Thomas' Hospital provided a natural venue for four days of enthusiastic debate on Sherrington's Final Common Path -the alpha motoneurone and related matters; Sherrington himself held a lecturership at St. Thomas' just over a century ago. The occasion was a happy one. Most participants already knew each other, the topics were familiar, the discussion was vigorous and critical but without personal rancor. The program had set out to encourage debate with 'critiques' both of the oral papers and the posters; their inclusion in the present volume helps to show where we are standing on rock rather than sand. In spite of a venerable history some surprisingly simple matters remain controversial, such as the information content of the signals from the Golgi tendon organs. To those working on alpha and gamma motoneurones and their control this volume provides an essential up-dating. Classical problems continue to be attacked on a broad front; advance is steady and continuous, a swelling tide rather than a sudden view of the summit. But in some sectors the difficulties are so great that to the outsider little might seem to change, the same battles continuing; but even here, the terms of debate change and concensus develops. Other branches of biology claim breakthrough upon breakthrough from the routine application of the new technologies, so we have to be the first to ask whether our classical approach to science can still be justified.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Taylor
    • 1
  • Margaret H. Gladden
    • 2
  • Rade Durbaba
    • 1
  1. 1.Sherrington School of PhysiologyUMDS, St. Thomas’ HospitalLondonEngland
  2. 2.Institute of Biomedical and Life SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5793-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1935-5
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