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Based on a conference funded by the National Institutes of Health, this timely book is the most up-to-date and definitive reference on the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms in mammals. These biological rhythms range from daily fluctuations in metabolism to seasonal and annual cycles. This book comprehensive and incisive review of the SCN covers anatomy and physiology, intrinsic SCN rhythms, circadian rhythms, neuropharmacology, transplants, and development.
PART I: Historical Perspective