Why are Selectively Responsive and Multireceptive Neurons Both Present in Somatosensory Pathways?

  • Edward R. Perl
Part of the Wenner-Gren Center International Symposium Series book series (EMISS, volume 12)


It is a particular privilege to join in this symposium honoring Yngve Zotterman. His gracious hospitality and enthusiasm for science was an inspiration to me as to so many others. My invitation asked for an overview for the presentations to follow in this session, a rather difficult task because of the scope of the topics involved. I have chosen instead to offer a theory about a feature of the organization of the somatosensory system that touches on the several topics, with the realization that while speculation in science is a precarious game, it would have pleased Yngve Zotterman; he loved to practice it.


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  • Edward R. Perl
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  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA

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