oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The cardiovascular autonomic nervous system and anaesthesia : review article



Extracted from text ... REVIEW ARTICLE W Pearce, MBBCh (Witwatersrand) MMed (Anaesth) (Pretoria) FCA (CMSA) Department of Anaesthesiology, Pretoria Academic Hospital and the , University of Pretoria Correspondence: Dr W Pearce Daether@icon.co.za The Cardiovascular Autonomic Nervous System and Anaesthesia Once awareness, our seat of deliberate action and movement, is temporarily extinguished by sleep or a loss of consciousness, we rely on a primordial, indispensable, and autonomous ("vegetative") system that continues to sustain and control our vital organ systems. This vegetative system is never allowed to rest. The Cambridge physiologist J N Langley referred to it as the autonomic ..


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