Specialized functional pathways are the building blocks of the autonomic nervous system.

@article{Jnig1992SpecializedFP,
  title={Specialized functional pathways are the building blocks of the autonomic nervous system.},
  author={Wilfrid J{\"a}nig and Elspeth Mclachlan},
  journal={Journal of the autonomic nervous system},
  year={1992},
  volume={41 1-2},
  pages={3-13}
}
The autonomic nervous system supplies each type of target organ via separate pathways which consist of sets of pre- and postganglionic neurones with distinct patterns of reflex activity. This has been firmly established for the lumbar sympathetic nervous system to skin, skeletal muscle and viscera, for the thoracic sympathetic outflow to the head and for several parasympathetic systems. In principle, that was already known by Langley. The specificity of the messages that these pathways transmit… CONTINUE READING

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