The authors attempt to demonstrate the close relationship between the two major integrating systems of the body, and to show how much neurology and endocrinology have in common. By selected examples, the principles of neuroendocrinology are illustrated in all living forms, both invertebrate and vertebrate, thus providing a comparative point of view. The authors successfully impress upon the reader the similarity of the neuroendocrine mechanisms which are available in many animals for the appropriate adjustments to both internal and external changes.
This book is based upon lectures given at Columbia University in 1960. Rather than attempting complete coverage of the field of neuroendocrinology, the authors stress fundamental principles of neuroendocrine integration. An excellent and up-to-date bibliography makes the volume a worthwhile reference source of neuroendocrine literature.
The first part of the book considers the principle of neuroendocrine integration and includes a discussion of the afferent pathways employed, the development of