The hot brain : survival, temperature, and the human body / Carl V. Gisolfi and Francisco Mora.Material type: TextCopyright date: ©2000Description: 1 online resource (x, 272 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 058532056X; 9780585320564; 0262071983; 9780262071987; 0262515342; 9780262515344; 9780262273886; 0262273888Subject(s): Body temperature -- Regulation | Brain | Evolution | Genetic Phenomena | Body Temperature Changes | Biological Phenomena | Central Nervous System | Homeostasis | Physiological Phenomena | Adaptation, Physiological | Body Temperature | Signs and Symptoms | Adaptation, Biological | Nervous System | Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms | Phenomena and Processes | Anatomy | Disease | Brain | Acclimatization | Body Temperature Regulation | Biological Evolution | Fever | MEDICAL -- Neuroscience | PSYCHOLOGY -- Neuropsychology | Body temperature -- Regulation | Brain | Evolution | Evolution | Gehirn | Körpertemperatur | Lichaamstemperatuur | Evolutietheorie | Mensen | Human Anatomy & Physiology | Health & Biological Sciences | PhysiologyGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hot brain.DDC classification: 612.8/2 LOC classification: QP135 | .G55 2000ebNLM classification: 2001 K-433 | QT 165Other classification: 44.37 | WW 2480 Online resources: Click here to access online
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"A Bradford book."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-263) and index.
"The book first traces the story of the brain throughout evolution and shows how the control of body temperature as a survival mechanism was achieved. It then goes on to discuss the mechanisms of our environmental independence, why a body temperature of 37[degrees]C (only five degrees from death) is essential for humans, and how this narrow temperature range is defended. It describes how we cope with environmental extremes, the function of fevers, and why thermoregulation is best understood through a combination of physiological and cognitive approaches."--Jacket.
Preface -- In the beginning -- Evolution and the control of body temperatures as a mechanism for survival -- The mechanics of our environmental independence: building circuits and chemicals in the brain -- More about the brain and temperature -- What's so important about a body temperature of 37dc? -- From Siberia to Africa: understanding the extremes -- The burning brain -- Fever, survival, and death -- Temperature and the struggle for life -- The brain is the body: a unitary perspective on thermoregulation.
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