In this handbook, the society proposes to provide a comprehensive and critical presentation of the state of knowledge in the various fields of physiology. It intends to cover the physiological sciences in their entirety once in 10 years in a critical, comprehensive survey of physiological knowledge and concepts, emphasizing each science according to its importance, regardless of the time when the discoveries and formulations were made. Section 1 is devoted to neurophysiology, section 2 to circulation, and section 3 to respiration. Three volumes are to constitute the section on neurophysiology. Volume 1 appeared in 1959 and was concerned mainly with the historical development of neurophysiology, the initiation and transmission of nerve impulses, evoked potentials, sensory mechanisms, vestibular mechanisms, and the physiopathology of epileptic seizures. Volume 3 is in preparation.
Volume 2 considers the motor and the central regulatory mechanisms. These papers are addressed to persons with a broad background in