The Physiology of the Lower Urinary Tract

  • Michael Torrens
  • John F. B. Morrison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Neuromorphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. John Dixon, John Gosling
      Pages 3-22
    3. Ahmad Elbadawi
      Pages 23-51
  3. Sensation and Motor Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-88
    2. John F. B. Morrison
      Pages 89-131
    3. Alison Brading
      Pages 161-191
    4. John F. B. Morrison
      Pages 193-235
  4. Clinical Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-276
    2. Michael Torrens
      Pages 277-307
    3. Clare J. Fowler, Chris Fowler
      Pages 309-332
    4. Michael Torrens
      Pages 333-350
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 351-355

About this book


In this book we attempt a synthesis of knowledge from two investigative extremes. On the one hand, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology are progressing via the single neuron to a subcellular level; on the other, clinicians are studying the function ofthe human urinary system in vivo as a whole. A special effort must be made over the next decade to bridge this gap. We hope that the information summarized here will catalyse the process. In 1968, de Groat and Ryall published a group of papers in the Journal of Physiology in which modern quantitative electrophysiological techniques were applied to the study ofthe reflexes that regulate bladder Junction. These papers represent alandmark in the history of bladder neurophysiology, forming a dividing li ne between old and new. The earlier techniques of lesioning and stimulation of nervous structures yielded mainly qualitative information which was open to criticism because of lack of precise control over what was actually being destroyed or stimulated. Much of this earlier work was reviewed in an authoritative volume by Bors and Comarr in 1971, entitled Neurolqgical Urology. The 16 years have seen great advances in our understanding ofthe control oflower subsequent urinary tract function.


central nervous system morphology neurophysiology physiology smooth muscle

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Torrens
    • 1
  • John F. B. Morrison
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryFrenchay HospitalBristolUK
  2. 2.The Department of PhysiologyThe Worksley Medical and Dental Building, The UniversityLeedsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-1451-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1449-9
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