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Cannon's reflex

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Increase in adrenalin secretion during emergency situations, like emotional stress or great bodily strain, resulting in palpitations and sweating. Caused by reflectory tonus change of the vegetative nervous system and functional changes of the adrenal gland.


  • W. B. Cannon, Daniel de la Paz:
    Emotional stimulation of adrenal secretion.
    American Journal of Physiology, Bethesda, Maryland, 1911, 28: 64-70.
  • W. B. Cannon:
    The wisdom of the body. New York, 1932.
  • W. B. Cannon:
    Die Notfallsfunktion des sympathico-adrenalen Systems.
    Ergebnisse der Physiologie, 1928, 27: 380-406.
  • W. B. Cannon:
    The emergency function of the adrenal medulla in pain and the major emotions.
    American Journal of Physiology, Bethesda, Maryland, 1914, 33: 356.

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