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How do mammals manage to maintain their body temperature within the same narrow range in environments as different as polar regions and hot deserts? This advanced text describes the morphological features and physiological mechanisms by which humans and other mammals maintain their body temperature within a narrow range despite large variations in climatic conditions and internal heat production. Its 19 chapters deal with the physics of heat exchange with the environment, and the autonomic and behavioural mechanisms available to control the loss and production of heat. The neuronal basis of temperature regulation and current concepts of the central nervous interface between temperature signals generated in the body and control mechanisms are examined in detail. This book is of invaluable help for undergraduates, postgraduates, teachers, physicians and scientists.
Introduction.- The Skin as a Source of Temperature Signals.- The Inner Body as a Source of Temperature Signals.- The Neuronal Basis of Temperature Reception.- Heat Production and Heat Balance of the Body.- Physics of Heat Exchange with the Environment.- External and Internal Insulation.- The Temperature Field of the Body Core.- Behavioural Control of Heat Exchange with the Environment.- Autonomic Control of Dry Heat Loss from the Skin.- Autonomic Control of Evaporative Heat Loss.- Interaction of Various Body Temperatures in Control of Thermoregulatory Responses.- The Central Interface Between Afferent Temperature Signals and Efferent Drives.- Short-Term Temperature Regulation in Various Environments: Inputs and Responses.- Exercise in the Heat: the Ultimate Challenge.- Changes of Set-Point.- Adaptation to Cold.- Adaptation to Heat - Pathophysiology of Temperature Regulation.- References.- Subject Index.