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It is true here, and in other tissues as well, that extensions of the organism's
vascular and nervous components penetrate throughout (see page 317 and
below). Most smooth muscle is supplied by the autonomic division of the nervous
Each adrenal gland also has two parts — a neural component, the medulla,
which is innervated by the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system,
and the cortex, which receives and transmits through endocrine channels alone.
The entire nervous system is, of course, necessary for the smooth and integrated
performance of all parts of the motor subsystem. Control of other sorts of
processes in organisms, those regulated by the autonomic nervous system, for
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I purchased this book many years ago and found it very enlighting. The shredout concept was of particular interest to me in that it provided ways to look at various living systems from micro to macro. It has a lot of detail which I never was able to get around to studying, but appears to have influenced my thinking which was later documented in a series of blogs http://www.bcswonline.com/blog/index.html
I still have a copy and refer to it.
TABLE 11 The 19 Critical Subsystems of a Living System
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