The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms / Edition 1

The Living Clock: The Orchestrator of Biological Rhythms / Edition 1

by John D. Palmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 019514340X

ISBN-13: 9780195143409

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From one-celled paramecium to giant blue whales, we all have internal clocks that regulate the rhythms we live by. In The Living Clock, John Palmer, one of the world's leading authorities on these rhythms, takes us on a tour of this broad and multifaceted subject, examining everything from glowing fruit flies to the best cures for jet lag.
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From one-celled paramecium to giant blue whales, we all have internal clocks that regulate the rhythms we live by. In The Living Clock, John Palmer, one of the world's leading authorities on these rhythms, takes us on a tour of this broad and multifaceted subject, examining everything from glowing fruit flies to the best cures for jet lag.
Palmer has a wonderful sense of humor and an eye for the startling fact. We learn that fiddler crabs—in a lab where there are no time nor tide cues—remain active when low tide would occur and motionless during high tide, the same pattern they follow in their natural habitat. (In fact, you can remove a crab's leg and the leg will keep a tidal rhythm as long as it's kept alive.) Moreover, humans are subject to more than one hundred biological rhythms. Mental acuity peaks in the afternoon, for instance, and our blood pressure peaks at seven in the morning (when most heart attacks occur). The time of day you take medication can affect how well it works. And Palmer shows that when our clocks are thrown off kilter, trouble follows, especially for rotating shift workers—the Bhopal spill, the Chernobyl reactor explosion, and the Three Mile Island accident all happened when new crews began early-hour shifts.
No one has discovered exactly how our internal clocks work—Palmer says a Nobel Prize awaits that lucky scientist—but they are no less fascinating for their inexplicable nature. Frequently amusing and always eye-opening, The Living Clock is a treat for everyone curious about the nature of life as well as anyone planning a long jet flight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195143409
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Introduction to Rhythms and Clocks1
Ch. 2Human Rhythms: Basic Processes11
Ch. 3Rhythmic Pharmacology37
Ch. 4Jet Lag can be a Drag45
Ch. 5Daily Rhythm in Single-Cell Organisms69
Ch. 6Rhythms in Shore Dwellers77
Ch. 7Some Animal Rhythms93
Ch. 8A Few Plant Clocks111
Ch. 9Denouement: The Living Clock123
Notes145
Suggested Readings149
Figure Credits157
Index159

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