An International Symposium on Nervous Inhibition was held at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington from May 31 to June 4, 1960. The proceedings of this Symposium, admittedly polished and expanded, are contained in this volume. In the words of the editor, "It was the idea behind the whole Symposium to give recognition to the fact that states of inhibition or of temporary inexcitability produced by nerve cells are as important for the co-ordinated and co-ordinating function of the nervous system as are the excitatory states of central or peripheral neurons and of effector cells."
The long list of distinguished contributors includes such names as Eccles, Granit, Hartline, Grundfest, Lloyd, and Szentagothai. The volume readily conveys the sense of exciting activity in many laboratories, with the phenomena of inhibition being studied in such diverse preparations as mammalian spinal cord, vertebrate heart, molluscan visceral ganglion, and crustacean stretch