Spinal Interneurones

Re-evaluation and controversy
  • John C. Rothwell
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 508)


Signal interneurones have a crucial part to play in the control of motoneurones. Newer methods are being added to the ways in which they can be studied, both in animal and human experiments. This chapter provides some background to a reevaluation of the role of interneurones in motor control.


Reflex Pathway Lateral Reticular Nucleus Supraspinal Centre Supraspinal Pathway Spinal Reflex Pathway 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Rothwell
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  1. 1.Sobell Department of NeurophysiologyInstitute of NeurologyLondonUK

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