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The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms

By: John D Palmer

162 pages, Figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #143348 | ISBN: 019514340X
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One of the world's leading authorities offers an engaging tour of this surprising subject, with many animal examples and an investigation of human rhythms, of which he enumerates more than 100.

"Palmer has written a whimsical, 'gosh can you believe that' account for the interested lay reader, which is also a book that will further fascinate serious chronobiologists with the wonders of their subject. It is a reminder of the marvels of nature and of the critical role that endogenous biological timing plays in the life cycles of almost every organism." -- C.P. Kyriacou, Science
"Its rare to be able to recommend a book on science for holiday reading, but this one, The Living Clock, is a griper from the first page and never lets go.... The topic is fascinating: the internal clocks that we all possess in common with almost every form of life on Earth.... Take it with you to the beach."--Roy Herbert, New Scientist
"Anyone fortunate enough to read Professor Palmer's new book will not only appreciate the crucial role of rhythms in all of life's forms, but will be greatly entertained, and even astonished, by the wonderful tales woven into the plot."--John Carlson Aldrich, Dep


Introduction to Rhythms and Clocks; Human Rhythms: Basic Processes; Rhythmic Pharmacology; Jet Lag Can Be a Drag; Daily Rhythm in Single-Cell Organisms; Rhythms in Shore Dwellers; Some Animal Rhythms; A Few Plant Clocks; Denouement: The Living Clock

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