Rheostasis : The Physiology of Change

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In "Rheostasis: The Physiology of Change", the author elaborates upon and challenges a guiding principle of physiology, the concept of homeostasis. He shows that the body's physiological control systems often work to produce changes - known as rheostasis - rather than to maintain internal constancy. Biologists have often regarded deviations from homeostatic constancy as failures of the homeostatic machinery. Mrosovsky shows, with numerous examples, that upon closer examination many changes are in fact adaptive modifications of the body's regulatory systems.show more

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  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line illustrations throughout
  • 0195061845
  • 9780195061840

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Homeostasis re-examined; Resolving conflicts; Terminology and definitions; Programmed rheostasis; Reactive rheostasis; Second order rheostasis; Problems and cautions; Molecular and integrative biology.show more

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