Biological Order and Brain Organization

Selected Works of W.R.Hess

  • Konrad Akert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Biological Order and Human Society Function and Neural Regulation of Internal Organs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. R. Hess
      Pages 3-15
  3. Hemodynamics, Physiological Optics, Neurohumoral Transmission

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. W. R. Hess
      Pages 35-53
    3. W. R. Hess
      Pages 55-59
    4. W. R. Hess
      Pages 61-65
  4. Vegetative Nervous System and Psychic Functions, Sleep, Hypothalamic Syndromes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. W. R. Hess
      Pages 115-129
    3. W. R. Hess
      Pages 171-181
    4. W. R. Hess, M. Brügger
      Pages 183-202
  5. Organization of Motor Systems

  6. Biography and Bibliography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Konrad Akert
      Pages 307-307
    3. Konrad Akert
      Pages 331-343
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 345-347

About this book


The centennial of his birthday (17 March 1881) prompted the publi­ cation of the Selected Works of Walter Rudolf Hess. Although English translation of several of his monographs have appeared, none of his orig­ inal papers has ever been published in the English language. During his sci­ entific career, Hess made pioneering contributions in the field of hemo­ dynamics, pyhsiological optics, oculomotor diagnostics, regulation of cir­ culation, respiration and temperature, and finally on the somatomotor, vis­ ceral, and emotional functions of the diencephalon. His concepts concern­ ing organization and order in physiology and his views on the important role of the vegetative nervous system in regulating the activity of the central ner­ vous system are of great interest to science and medicine and were in many respects far in advance of his time. These concepts continue a line of thought which was upheld by such famous physiologists as Xavier Bichat, Claude Bernard, and Walter B. Cannon. Indeed, Walter Rudolf Hess has become one of the rare figures in the recent history of physiology willing to carry out an integrative analysis of bodily functions and to search for the basic principles of regulation and interaction between regulatory systems. In fact, he anticipated such ideas in biology as feedback control and ser­ vomechanisms long before these notions evolved in the field of engineering and electronics.


Biokybernetik Brain Gehirn Nervous System Neurophysiologie physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Akert
    • 1
  1. 1.Physiologisches Institut der Universität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67950-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67948-3
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