François Franck Against the James-Lange Theory

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The controversy which followed the theory of emotions outlined by William James and Carl Lange saw also the active involvement of Charles Francois-Franck, Professor of Physiology at the Collège de France. Nevertheless his refusal of the aforementioned theory is as yet unknown to the audience. In the light of his previous work on the vascular innervation of the organs, the French physiologist rejected firmly Langes hemodynamics version, hence anticipating on many points the work of W.B. Cannon.

Key Words:C. François Franck - Emotions James Lange Theory Physiology

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