The Endocrine System

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Beginning with a discussion of hormones, this volume of the Encyclopedia of the Human Body discusses the anatomy and function of each organ in the endocrine system and how they work together to regulate many functions within the body. Discussions on insulin, metabolism and menopause are included. The nervous system is discussed in close relation to the endocrine system, as both systems send out messages that coordinate the function of every cell. The history of the research on the endocrine system is presented ...

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Overview

Beginning with a discussion of hormones, this volume of the Encyclopedia of the Human Body discusses the anatomy and function of each organ in the endocrine system and how they work together to regulate many functions within the body. Discussions on insulin, metabolism and menopause are included. The nervous system is discussed in close relation to the endocrine system, as both systems send out messages that coordinate the function of every cell. The history of the research on the endocrine system is presented and the future of research in this field is considered. Current controversies and dilemmas of scientists performing this research are explored. Endocrine system disorders, symptoms and treatments are explored, including pituitary dwarfism, and Cushing's Syndrome, and diabetes types 1 and 2. This reference concludes with fascinating facts about the endocrine system, a comprehensive glossary, and resources for further information including Web sites and contact information for organizations and national health institutions.

The Encyclopedia of the Human Body provides a complete, comprehensive reference source for students interested in the human body. Each book within this ten-volume set introduces and describes a specific body system, including the parts and function of each system, the history of discovery, related diseases and treatments, as well as future advances in research. Detailed illustrations and diagrams, including an eight-page color insert, provide a visual reference for written material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313326998
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Human Body Systems Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHANIE WATSON is an independent scholar who has written and contributed to numerous works, including World of Genetics and Science and Its Times. She is the author of The Urinary System, and coauthor of The Endocrine System, both in Greenwood's Human Body Systems series.

KELLI MILLER is an independent scholar and is the founder of NewScience Inc. where she is feature writer on health and medicine for clients such as The Scientist and Popular Science.

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Table of Contents

1 Fundamentals of the endocrine system : hormones and their actions 1
2 Endocrine glands : anatomy and function 17
3 The hypothalamus and pituitary gland 35
4 The thyroid and parathyroid glands 51
5 The adrenal glands and endocrine pancreas 63
6 Endocrine functions of the sex glands 81
7 Endocrine system development 89
8 History of discovery 113
9 The future 137
10 Diseases of the pituitary gland 145
11 Diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands 155
12 Diseases of the adrenal gland 167
13 Diseases of the endocrine pancreas 173
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