Comments on an Argument Advanced for a Generalized Mechanism in Chemoreception

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 171–172. Reviews the book, Structure-Activity Relationships in Human Chemoreception by M. G. J. Beets (1978). This book is the result of the author's long experience with the mechanism of olfaction and taste. According to the author, the relationship between structure and activity can be approached by considering a “specialized” and a “generalized” concept of the peripheral events involved in chemoreception. The key structural idea that the author develops in an attempt to fit the anomalous behavior states that the mirror image relationship between enantiomers exists only in a single set of mutual orientations, and in other orientations. The basic target of Beets's attempt to overthrow any concept of a specialized receptor site is in the area of olfaction. I have directed this review toward the area that I consider to be the fundamental theme of the book in order to bring out the fact that other ideas and fundamental concepts also prevail. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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