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The Beattie Smith Lectures on Insanity for 1926

  • Richard J. A. Berry (a1)

The nervous system of all vertebrates is built up of long conducting, specialized cells, termed neurons. In order to function, these neurons, or nerve-cells, must be linked together in chains or arcs. Each neuron in the chain or arc is structurally separated from other neurons by a break termed a synapse. The structural elements of a neuronic arc are, therefore, as follows: 1.

A sensitive receiving organ—the receptor or sense-organ.


A centrally conducting receptor bipolar neuron.


One or more short connector or internuncial neurons.


A peripherally conducting effector multipolar neuron.


An effector apparatus—for example, a muscle or a gland.

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The late Dr. W. Beattie Smith, of Melbourne, in the expressed belief that “both the Profession and the Public were in need of education on the nationally important problem of Insanity,” bequeathed to the University of Melbourne the necessary funds for the establishment of an annual course of lectures. The 1926 series, in the regrettable absence through illness of Professor Sir John Macpherson, were delivered by Professor Berry, in December, 1926, in Melbourne, and in April–May, 1927, in New York, U.S.A., at the Cornell University.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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The Beattie Smith Lectures on Insanity for 1926

  • Richard J. A. Berry (a1)
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