General Physiological Principles
This chapter introduces water and ion budgets along with what is known about their physiological control mechanisms. It delineates both thermal and chemical potential energy budgets for amphibians, and discusses the respiratory cascade for oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, providing estimates of the variables involved for both diffusive (lungs and tissues) and convective (ventilation and cardiac transport) processes involved in the exchange of these gasses. The chapter concludes with a discussion of blood volume and the variables that control it.
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