This volume is intended to be a critical presentation of what is known about inhibition and facilitation as basic functions of the central and peripheral nervous system. The bibliographic index of 258 publications presents only the most characteristic publications, omitting the better known classic treatises.
The introduction directs the attention of the reader to the process of inhibition as an essential factor in coordinated movements and in the adaptation of purposeful reactions. Inhibition and facilitation are the indispensable factors of the functions of correlation and integration. Only the most elementary facts can be understood from the antiquated aspect of being the positive results of excitation or stimulation. Twelve chapters, almost the whole volume, contain the facts pertaining to inhibition and facilitation presented in a truly enlightening, critical and evaluating manner, and fifteen pages deal with the theories of facilitation and inhibition. Chapter 1 discusses the literature on inhibition and facilitation