S. W. RANSON, M.D.
It will avoid confusion if at the beginning of this symposium we recognize that the sympathetic nervous system as defined in descriptive anatomy is not exactly what the physiologist has in mind when he uses this much abused term. The anatomist thinks of the system as he sees it in the dissecting room, and we shall begin with this simple approach and later define the term in the more restricted sense in which Dr. Cannon will probably use it.
The sympathetic nervous system, in the anatomical sense, is an aggregation of ganglia, nerves, and plexuses through which the viscera, glands,
RANSON SW. The Anatomy of the Autonomic Nervous System With Special Reference to the Innervation of the Skeletal Muscles and Blood Vessels1. Ann Intern Med. ;6:1013–1021. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-6-8-1013
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