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Ivan Pavlov was born in a small village in central Russia in 1849 Girogian Born as the son of a priest his family had high hopes of him graduating from seminary After reading Charles Darwin he found that he cared more for scientific pursuits and left for the University of St Petersburg There he studied chemistry pharmacology and most importantly for him physiology and received his doctorate in 1879 Girogian He continued his studies and began doing his own research in topics that interested him most digestion and blood circulation Pavlovs first independent work focused on the physiology of the circulation of the blood World He studied the influence of variations in blood volume on blood pressure He also investigated the nervous control of the heart and argued that rhythm and strength of cardiac contractions are controlled by four types of nerves World It was during this first independent study that Pavlov used unanesthetized neurologically intact dogs World This method became the mainstay of Pavlovs methodology In 1890 he became professor of physiology at the newly founded Institute of Experimental Medicine where he remained until 1924 Girogian The work that made Pavlov world renown actually began as a study in digestion He started studying digestion as early as 1879 and it was his major focus from 1890 to 1897 Girogian His work was an accumulation of observations on the nervous control of one organ system through the method of continual experiment The study of digestion involved developing fistulas through which secretions from salivary glands stomach the pancreas and small intestine could be collected Discovering His technique was truly unique in that he did not cut the nerve supply nor contaminate the secretions with food He was examining the digestive process in dogs precisely the interaction between salivation and the action of the stomach when he realized the two were closely linked by reflexes in the autonomic nervous system Without salivation the stomach didnt get
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