- Investigate the physiological changes brought about by thoracic sympathectomy.
- Organize and unify the constellation of individual effects into a comprehensive theory.
- Be accessible to the intelligent layperson, and at the same time serve as a useful resource for the medical professional.
- Referencing standard textbooks and current neurophysiology literature, create a theoretical model of the normal human autonomic nervous system, with special emphasis on those parts served by the upper thoracic sympathetic ganglia. Alter the model to reflect a bilateral thoracic sympathectomy, the corposcindosis or CS model.
- Using the CS model, make a series of predictions about changes in the function of individual target effectors. Compare these predictions to available empirical and anecdotal data.
- Considering the changes in individual effectors, make a series of predictions about changes to overall systemic function, then compare these predictions to available empirical and anecdotal data.
- Discuss, offer conclusions and suggestions as to how future clinical study could further our knowledge of the effects of thoracic sympathectomy in humans.