Integrative Action of the Autonomic Nervous System: Neurobiology of Homeostasis

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 26, 2008 - Medical
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Almost all bodily functions are dependent on the functioning of the autonomic nervous system - from the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract, the evacuative and sexual organs, to the regulation of temperature, metabolism and tissue defence. Balanced functioning of this system is an important basis of our life and well-being. This book gives a detailed description of the cellular and integrative organization of the autonomic nervous system, covering both peripheral and central aspects. It brings to light modern neurobiological concepts that allow understanding of why the healthy system runs so smoothly and why its deterioration has such disastrous consequences. This academic reference volume will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying the neurobiology of the autonomic nervous system within the various biological and medical sciences and will give access to ideas propagated in psychosomatic and alternative medicines.

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Visceral afferent neurons and autonomic
The peripheral sympathetic and parasympathetic
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Wlfrid Janig is Professor of Physiology at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.

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