FHUMORAL COMMUNICATION Endocrinology, the study of the hormonal controls of bodily function, is a relatively new discipline within physiology. This description attempts to convey the principles of endocrinology and to expose the reader to some of the exciting developments presently occurring in this field. It has to be balanced, however, with a need to avoid excessive biochemical complexity for beginning students. This requirement presents a dilemma because hormones are chemicals and their properties depend totally on the physicochemical makeup of the diverse array of molecules that behave as hormones. The material is exceedingly important for the reader who is trying to understand how animals function. To help simplify portions of the description, much of the detail that is needed for completeness but that may detract the reader from easily obtaining an overview has been separated from the main text.2007 version – page 199
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