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TitleNeuroendocrinology of Reproduction [electronic resource] : Physiology and Behavior / edited by Norman T. Adler
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1981
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Descript XXI, 555 p. online resource


The subject of this book is neuroendocrinology, that branch of biological science devoted to the interactions between the two major integrative organ systems of animals-the endocrine and nervous systems. Although this science today reflects a fusion of endocrinology and neurobiology, this synthetic apยญ proach is relatively recent. At the beginning of the 20th century, when the British physiologists, Bayliss and Starling, first proposed endocrinology to be an independent field of inquiry, they went to great lengths to establish the autonomy of chemical secretions in general and their independence from nervous control in particular (Bayliss, W. M. , and Starling, E. H. , 1902, The mechanism of pancreatic secretion,]. Physiol. 28:325). They argued with Pavยญ lov, who said that there was a strong influence of the nervous system on the gastrointestinal phenomena the endocrinologists were studying. For several decades, the English physiologists prevailed, at least in the West; and Pavlov's critique was not taken to heart by the practitioners of the newly emerging discipline of endocrinology. Through the work of Harris, the Scharrers, Sawyer, Everett, and others, there has been something of a scientific detente in the latter half of this century; the hybrid field of neuroendocrinology is now regarded as one of the cornerยญ stones of modern neural science and is of fundamental importance in basic and clinical endocrinology


I. Chemical Background of Endocrine Function -- 1. Structure of Protein and Peptide Hormones -- 2. Histology of the Pituitary -- 3. Essentials of Steroid Structure, Nomenclature, Reactions, Biosynthesis, and Measurements -- 4. Neurotransmitter Systems: Anatomy and Pharmacology -- II. Development of Reproductive Function -- 5. Hormonal Actions on the Sexual Differentiation of the Genitalia and the Gonadotropin-Regulating Systems -- 6. Perinatal Hormones and Their Role in the Development of Sexually Dimorphic Behaviors -- 7. Early Organizational Effects of Hormones: An Evolutionary Perspective -- 8. Puberty -- III. Control of Reproduction on the Organismic and Physiological Levels of Organization -- 9. Experimental Analysis of Hormone Actions on the Hypothalamus, Anterior Pituitary, and Ovary -- 10. Estrous Cyclicity in Mammals -- 11. How the Brain Mediates Ovarian Responses to Environmental Stimuli: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology -- 12 Seasonal Reproduction: Photoperiodism and Biological Clocks -- IV. Control of Reproduction on the Cellular and Chemical Level -- 13. CNS Control of the Pituitary: Neurochemistry of Hypothalamic Releasing and Inhibitory Hormones -- 14. The Neurochemical Control of Mating Behavior -- 15. Cellular Biochemistry of Hormone Action in Brain and Pituitary -- 16. Autoradiographic Technique for Steroid Hormone Localization: Application to the Vertebrate Brain -- 17. Electrophysiological Effects of Steroid Hormones in Brain Tissue -- Appendix: A Gross Anatomical Study of the Peripheral Nerves Associated with Reproductive Function in the Female Albino Rat -- I. Introduction -- II. Methods -- III. Results -- A. Femoral Nerve -- B. Genitofemoral Nerve -- C. Pelvic and Hypogastric Nerves -- D. Pudendal and Caudal Cutaneous Femoral Nerves -- References

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