Circadian Rhythms and the Human - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780723605928, 9781483193427

Circadian Rhythms and the Human

1st Edition

Authors: D. S. Minors J. M. Waterhouse
eBook ISBN: 9781483193427
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 24th September 1981
Page Count: 348
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Circadian Rhythms and the Human covers the basic principles behind the human circadian rhythms. This book is composed of 12 chapters that discuss the detection, analysis, and definition of rhythms, specifically exogenous and endogenous rhythms. This book also demonstrates the mechanism of metabolic and gastrointestinal rhythms. The opening chapters deal with the rhythms in living organism; establishing the endogeneity of rhythms; definition of nychthemeral rhythm; methods of measuring the frequency of rhythms; exogenous effects upon the temperature rhythm; interaction between exogenous and endogenous influences; and possible origins of renal rhythmicity. The succeeding chapters consider the effect of exercise at different times of day and the concept of sleep-wakefulness rhythm. The discussion then shifts to the effects of repeated time-zone transitions and the effects of time on drug administration. The closing chapters are devoted to the assessment of work performance during shift work.
The book can provide useful information to doctors, students, researchers, and the general reader.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chapter 1 Introduction and Methods of Study Rhythms in Living Organisms Definition of Terms Detection of Rhythms Analysis of Rhythms Exogenous and Endogenous Rhythms Establishing the Endogeneity of Rhythms; Summary Chapter 2 The Circadian Rhythm of Deep Body Temperature Methods of Measurement The Nychthemeral Rhythm The Endogenous Component Exogenous Effects upon the Temperature Rhythm The Interaction between Exogenous and Endogenous Influences Origin of the Rhythm Implications and Usefulness Chapter 3 Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Metabolic and Gastrointestinal Rhythms I Cardiovascular system: Continuous Monitoring Blood Pressure Pulse Rate Other Cardiovascular Variables The Causal Nexus between Cardiovascular Variables II Respiratory System: Oxygen Consumption, Respiratory Frequency and Blood Gas Partial Pressures Mechanical Factors The Effect of Exercise at Different Times of Day The Causal Nexus III Metabolic and Gastrointestinal Rhythms: Metabolic Rhythms Gastrointestinal Rhythms Chapter 4 The Kidney and Hormones Affecting it Endogenous and Exogenous Components Possible Origins of Renal Rhythmicity Chapter 5 Sleep and Wakefulness Studying the Sleep-Wakefulness Rhythm Results of Sleep-Wake Fullness Studies Inferences from Isolation Experiments Sleep Stages Chapter 6 Rhythms in Mental Performance Problems Associated with Psychometric Testing Assessment of Mental Performance Rhythms Results on a Nychthemeral Routine The Causal Nexus and Performance Rhythms Summary Chapter 7 The Endocrine System Problems Cortisol, Adrenocorticotrophic Hormone and Corticotrophin Releasing Factor Growth Hormone Other Hormones Some General Problems Chapter 8 Rhythms in the Infant and the Aged I The Infant: Results Inferences


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