The Endocrine System

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615306756
  • Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Britannica Human Body Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xii

Chapter 1 Function and Regulation of the Human Endocrine System 1

The Nature of Endocrine Regulation 6

The Endocrine System and the Human System 12

Maintenance of Homeostasis 12

Growth and Differentiation 14

Adaptive Responses to Stress 15

Parenting Behaviour 16

Integrative Functions 16

Synthesis and Transport of Hormones 18

Hormone Synthesis 18

Modes of Hormone Transport 22

Biorhythms 24

Feedback Regulation Mechanisms of Endocrine Signaling 29

Growth and Development 30

Chapter 2 Major Endocrine Hormones and Evaluation of Endocrine Function 32

Major Endocrine Hormones of Growth and Metabolism 32

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone 33

Calcitonin 34

Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone 35

Cortisol 36

Gonadotropin 38

Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone 41

Growth Hormone 42

Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone 43

Insulin-Like Growth Factor 44

Melatonin 46

Oxytocin 47

Parathormone 49

Somatostatin 51

Thyrotropin 53

Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone 53

Thyroxine 54

Vasopression 55

Select Tests for the Evaluation of Endocrine Function 57

Epinephrine Tolerance Test 58

Glucose Tolerance Test 58

Thyroid Function Test 60

Chapter 3 Major Glands of the Endocrine System 63

Anatomical Considerations 63

Glands and Hormones of the Human Endocrine System 64

Adrenal Gland 71

Adrenal Medulla 71

Adrenal Cortex 72

Regulation of Adrenal Hormone Secretion 73

Hypothalamus 74

Anatomy of the Hypothalamus 75

Hypothalamic Regulation of Hormone Secretion 75

Islets of Langerhans 80

Ovaries 81

Parathyroid Gland 84

Anatomy of the Parathyroid Glands 84

Functions of the Parathyroid Glands 85

Pineal Gland 86

Anatomy of the Pineal Gland 86

Endocrine Function of the Pineal Gland 87

Pituitary Gland 88

Anatomy of the Pituitary Gland 89

The Anterior Pituitary 90

Structure and Function of Anterior Pituitary Hormones 90

Regulation of Anterior Pituitary Hormones 91

Neurohypophyseal System 92

Testes 92

Thyroid Gland 94

Anatomy of the Thyroid Gland 94

Biochemistry of Thyroid Hormone 96

Actions of Thyroid Hormone 99

Regulation of Thyroid Hormone Secretion 99

The Thyroid Gland and Calcitonin 101

Hypoaldosteronism 167

Disorders of the Hypothalamus Affecting Endocrine Function 168

Adipsia 169

Fröhlich Syndrome 169

Diseases of the Pituitary Gland 170

Growth Hormone Deficiency 170

Growth Hormone Excess 172

Hypopituitarism 176

Pituitary Tumour 177

Pineal Tumour 178

Chapter 7 Diseases and Disorders of the Endocrine Pancreas 180

Abnormalities in Glucose Metabolism 180

Diabetes Mellitus 183

Causes and Types 183

Diagnosis and Treatment 186

Pancreatic Cancer 190

Symptoms and Causes 191

Islet-Cell Tumours 192

Diagnosis and Prognosis 193

Treatment and Prevention 194

Conclusion 197

Glossary 199

Bibliography 203

Index 205

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