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For years Dr. Gellhorn has attempted to extend Cannon's principle of homeostasis into a more inclusive concept to account not only for the regulation of tissue and organ physiology but also for patterns of simple and complex behavior. Under the umbrella of his ergotropic and trophotropic systems he conceives of the entire nervous system as being divided into two tonically and antagonistically interacting supersystems that are in relationship to each other in much the same manner as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Indeed, the sympathetic nervous system is considered a part of the ergotropic system, and the parasympathetic is
Principles of Autonomic-Somatic Integrations: Physiological Basis and Psychological and Clinical Implications.. Ann Intern Med. ;67:468–469. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-2-468_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(2):468-469.
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