Primer on the Autonomic Nervous System

3rd Edition

Editors: David Robertson Phillip Low Ronald Polinsky
Paperback ISBN: 9780123865250
eBook ISBN: 9780123865267
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th November 2011
Page Count: 730
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The Primer on the Autonomic Nervous System presents, in a readable and accessible format, key information about how the autonomic nervous system controls the body, particularly in response to stress. It represents the largest collection of world-wide autonomic nervous system authorities ever assembled in one book. It is especially suitable for students, scientists and physicians seeking key information about all aspects of autonomic physiology and pathology in one convenient source. Providing up-to-date knowledge about basic and clinical autonomic neuroscience in a format designed to make learning easy and fun, this book is a must-have for any neuroscientist’s bookshelf!

Key Features

  • Greatly amplified and updated from previous edition including the latest developments in the field of autonomic cardiovascular regulation and neuroscience
  • Provides key information about all aspects of autonomic physiology and pathology
  • Discusses stress and how its effects on the body are mediated
  • Compiles contributions by over 140 experts on the autonomic nervous system


Researchers, clinical practitioners, medical and graduate students in neuroscience and neurology

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Development and Differentiation of Autonomic Neurons

Chapter 2. Central Autonomic Control

Chapter 3. Imaging of Brainstem Sites Involved in Cardiovascular Control

Chapter 4. Peripheral Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 5. Cotransmission

Chapter 6. Noradrenergic Neurotransmission

Chapter 7. Tyrosine Hydroxylase

Chapter 8. Antidepressant-Sensitive Norepinephrine Transporters

Chapter 9. α1-Adrenergic Receptors

Chapter 10. α2-Adrenergic Receptors

Chapter 11. β-Adrenergic Receptors

Chapter 12. Dopaminergic Neurotransmission

Chapter 13. Dopamine Receptors

Chapter 14. Cholinergic Neurotransmission

Chapter 15. Acetylcholine and Muscarinic Receptors

Chapter 16. Nicotinic Receptors

Chapter 17. Serotonin Receptors and Neurotransmission

Chapter 18. Purinergic Neurotransmission and Nucleotide Receptors

Chapter 19. Adenosine Receptors and Autonomic Regulation

Chapter 20. Nitric Oxide and Autonomic Regulation

Chapter 21. Glutamatergic Neurotransmission

Chapter 22. GABAergic Neurotransmission

Chapter 23. Renin-Angiotensin

Chapter 24. Aldosterone and the Mineralocorticoid Receptor

Chapter 25. Vasopressin and Disorders of Water Homeostasis

Chapter 26. Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide and Adrenomedullin

Chapter 27. Leptin Signaling and Energy Homeostasis

Chapter 28. The Endothelin System

Chapter 29. Pharmacology of the Nucleous Tractus Solitarii

Chapter 30. Entrainment of Sympathetic Rhythms

Chapter 31. Cross-talk Between Body Systems

Chapter 32. Circadian Rhythms and Autonomic Function

Chapter 33. Baroreceptor Reflexes

Chapter 34. Genetic Determinants of Baroreflex Function

Chapter 35. Cardiac and Other Visceral Afferents

Chapter 36. Autonomic Control o


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About the Editor

David Robertson

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Research Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Phillip Low

Affiliations and Expertise

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Ronald Polinsky

Affiliations and Expertise

Sandoz Research Institute, East Hanover, New Jersey, U.S.A.