This is a work for which many clinicians have been waiting. The author, well qualified for the task, presents the principal evidence bearing on the relation of hypertension, disturbances of metabolism and other diseases to disturbances, especially central disorders, of the autonomic nervous system. All fields of medicine, as the author writes, especially those of internal medicine and neurology, impinge on a common territory here—a common ground of central autonomic regulations.
After a brief introduction, which relates to the general physiology of the autonomic nervous system, the author considers in turn the part played by this system in maintaining the homeostasis of body temperature, metabolism, circulation, respiration and other phases of human physiology and disease. The response of the autonomic nervous system to pharmacodynamic substances receives attention in later chapters, and discussion of anatomic aspects at the end provides a satisfactory and interesting means for summarizing the material as a