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Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions

Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith and Anthony J. M. Verberne

Abstract

Central autonomic circuits in the brain and spinal cord are essential to vertebrate life. They control all basic bodily functions, including blood pressure, body temperature regulation, digestion, and reproduction. This book presents the extraordinary advances that have been made over the last twenty years in the understanding of how our central nervous system controls autonomic function. The first nine chapters describe central autonomic circuits from the cerebral cortex to the periphery. Eight additional chapters address specific bodily functions and their control by central autonomic circui ... More

Keywords: central nervous system, autonomic, blood pressure, thermoregulation, digestion, energy homeostasis, respiration, micturition, reproduction, stress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306637.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith, editor
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Anthony J. M. Verberne, editor
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Contents

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1 Central Autonomic Pathways

J. Patrick Card and Alan F. Sved

6 Sympathetic Preganglionic Neurons

Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith

14 Central Control of Gastrointestinal Function

Pamela J. Hornby and Paul R. Wade

15 Central Autonomic Control of the Pancreas

R. Alberto Travagli and Kirsteen N. Browning

17 Central Autonomic Control of Energy Homeostasis

Barry E. Levin AND Alison M. Strack

18 Central Nervous System Regulation of Body Temperature

Shaun F. Morrison and William W. Blessing

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