homeostasis

The Wisdom of the Body

The Wisdom of the Body, the revised and enlarged edition was published by W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 1963, shown on the left) but the first, original version was published in 1932, once again by W.W. Norton & Company (shown on the right). This classic medical book was written by Walter Cannon, an […]

Rethinking Homeostasis: Allostatic Regulation in Physiology and Pathophysiology

Rethinking Homeostasis: Allostatic Regulation in Physiology and Pathophysiology is published by A Bradford Book and authored by Jay Schulkin Homeostasis as a concept and term was introduced by the American physiologist WalterCannon and refers to the stability of the inner world, or the various bodily states that make up the internal environment. Examples include for […]

Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage: An Account of Recent Researches into the Function of Emotional Excitement

‘Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage’ is authored by Walter Bradford Cannon, an American physician-scientist and physiologist, chairman (1906-1942) of the Department of Physiology at Harvard Medical School, who introduced, developed and popularized three ideas and concepts that are well known and widely accepted: homeostasis, fight-or-flight responses, and the sympathoadrenal system. Early in […]

David Goldstein, Adrenaline, the Inner World and the Scientific Integrative Medicine

David Goldstein, Adrenaline, the Inner World and the Scientific Integrative Medicine

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE Dr. Goldstein founded and directs the Clinical Neurocardiology Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He is author of several books, including ‘Adrenaline and the Inner World: An Introduction to Scientific Integrative Medicine’, ‘Dysautonomias: A Handbook for Patients’, ‘Stress, Catecholamines, and […]

Walter Cannon: Homeostasis, the Fight-or-Flight Response, the Sympathoadrenal System, and the Wisdom of the Body

Walter Cannon: Homeostasis, the Fight-or-Flight Response, the Sympathoadrenal System, and the Wisdom of the Body

Historical Perspective Scientific integrative medicine finds its roots in the seemingly simple but actually enormously difficult issue of how higher organisms maintain their integrity despite the vicissitudes of life. The great French experimentalist of the mid-nineteenth century and prototypical experimentalist, Claude Bernard, propounded its founding concept. Bernard introduced the idea of the “inner world” when […]