Vertebrate Endocrinology / Edition 4

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Comprehensive and comparative, this thoroughly updated text surveys vertebrate endocrinology. Intended for an upper division undergraduate class in endocrinology, this useful reference will also prove invaluable to faculty, researchers, and graduate students who require up-to-date information on a myriad of endocrine systems. This Third Edition focuses more attention on mammalian systems, neuroendocrinology, and molecular endocrinology. The text has been extensively reviewed by faculty who teach endocrinology and should establish a new teaching standard for vertebrate endocrinology.

Audience: This book is an undergraduate biology majors textbook in endocrinology. Most of these classes are taught as comparative vertebrate endocrinology courses and are taken by students entering fields as diverse as ecology, wildlifebiology, medicine, evolutionary biology physiology, cell biology, and neuroscience. There is a significant secondary audience of faculty, researchers, graduate students, and industrial animal scientists who need a thorough and up-to-date account of vertebrate endocrinology. Because the book is focused upon a relatively advanced level, it should also sell to libraries at institutions with strong programs in the above disciplines.

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Praise for the Third Edition:

"...a good text for comparative endocrinology classes or classes composed of students from a wide variety of disciplines..."

"...succeeds in stimulating the scientific curiosity of readers and in conveying a sense of fascination for the intricate mechanisms and importance of endocrinology."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120887682
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David O. Norris has done research in environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for more than 50 years, investigating the role of natural and anthropogenic environmental factors on thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive endocrinology in regards to development, sexual maturation, seasonal reproduction, and aging. Most of his research has involved fishes and amphibians. Dr. Norris was honored with the Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding teaching, research and service at the University of Colorado. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Physiology at Boulder Colorado.

Dr. James A. Carr is a Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research has focused on various aspects of environmental endocrinology and neuroendocrinology for 25 years including the effects of opioid peptides on brainstem, cardiovascular areas and pituitary hormone secretion, the impact of environmental pollutants on the thyroid and reproductive axes in fishes and amphibians, and the impact of stress hormones on subcortical visual pathways involved in feeding.

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Table of Contents

1 An Overview of Chemical Regulation
2 The Molecular Bases for Chemical Regulation
3 Approaches to Endocrine Research
4 Organization of the Mammalian Hypothalamo-Hypophysial Axis
5 Comparative Aspects of the Hypothalamo-Hypophysial System in Nonmammalian Vertebrates
6 Neurohormones of the Pars Nervosa and the Epithalamus
7 The Hypothalamo-Hypophysial-Thyroid Axis of Mammals
8 Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Thyroids
9 The Mammalian Adrenal Glands: Cortical and Chromaffin Cells
10 Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Adrenals
11 The Endocrinology of Mammalian Reproduction
12 Comparative Aspects of Vertebrate Reproduction
13 Regulators of the Gastrointestinal Tract
14 Chemical Regulators of Metabolism
15 Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Homeostasis
Appendix A Chordate Evolution
Appendix B Vertebrate Tissue Types
Appendix C Amino Acids and Their Symbols
Appendix D Abbreviations of Endocrine Terms
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