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Oscillatory Phenomena in a Porous, Fixed Charge Membrane

  • T. Teorell

Abstract

The nerve action potentials were quite early recognized as oscillatory phenomena resembling certain rhythmical, chemical reactions at metal (Fe, Cr) interfaces (Ostwald, Lillie, Franck) and were described mathematically as ‘relaxation oscillations’ (Bethe, van der Pool, Bonhoeffer, Franck, Fitzhugh, and others). Many features exhibited by living, exitable tissues (nerve and heart) could be reproduced on these metallic systems, as all-or-non responses, threshold, bistability etc. The ‘energy’ driving the oscillations was obtained from electrochemical reactions.

Keywords

Membrane Resistance Pressure Stimulus Acta Physiol Excitable Tissue Undamped Oscillation 
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