This book is composed of the 20 papers presented at the International Conference on the Development, Growth and Regeneration of the Nervous System held at the University of Chicago on March 21 to 25, 1949. The authors are among the outstanding investigators of the nervous system from all parts of the world. They represent such fields as physiology, anatomy, embryology and zoology. It seems unfortunate that although the subject of regeneration within the nervous system, particularly the peripheral nerves, receives much consideration, no one primarily concerned with the human nervous system from a clinical or surgical standpoint has contributed to this symposium. This deficiency is indicative of the all too prevalent, even though unexpressed, attitudes that the study of human anatomy and physiology is not truly scientific and that facts found to be true for lower forms are necessarily directly applicable to man.
This disdain for the human nervous system