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On the Functions of the Optic Thalamus and the Corpus Striatum

  • Jas. V. Blachford (a1)

Suggestions have from time to time been made as to the probable functions of the basal ganglia, but so far none of them appear to have been very satisfactory.

It seems to be generally accepted that the optic thalami are not merely sensory centres for every or any special kind of sensation, but are large association ganglia, and it is the endeavour here to point out from anatomical, pathological, and other reasons the kind of associations with which they are probably concerned, and the very important part they play in the life of all animals possessing them.

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(1) A paper read at the Spring Meeting of the South-Western Division held at Bailbrook House, Bath, on April 29th, 1910.

In the discussion which followed, Dr. Aveline asked if the optic thalamus had been found diseased in many other cases of dementia. Dr. Blachford pointed out that as far as he could ascertain it had nut been so, and that in those cases following acute insanities, epilepsy and general paralysis, there apparently never occurred the very profound dementia arrived at in the cases here mentioned, and it was this fact which made him suspect that the change giving rise to it must take place at the very centre, where the association of the sensations, more especially the more relational, occur.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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On the Functions of the Optic Thalamus and the Corpus Striatum

  • Jas. V. Blachford (a1)
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