Mechanical changes in the amphibian spinal cord produced by afferent volleys of nerve impulses.


A volley of impulses entering the toad spinal cord via large myelinated fibers in the lumbar dorsal roots was shown to evoke a contraction of the cord, which lasted for about 100 ms or more. A volley entering the cord antidromically via the ventral roots produced only a small, brief contraction. When two electric shocks were delivered to the same dorsal… (More)