Physiological Effects of Noise

Based upon papers presented at an international symposium on the Extra-Auditory Physiological Effects of Audible Sound, held in Boston, Massachusetts, December 28–30, 1969, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • Bruce L. Welch
  • Annemarie S. Welch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction: Noise in Our Overpolluted Environment

  3. Adaptation

  4. Resistance to Disease

    1. Marcus M. Jensen, A. F. Rasmussen Jr.
      Pages 7-19
  5. Endocrine and Metabolic Function

    1. A. E. Arguelles, M. A. Martinez, Eva Pucciarelli, Maria V. Disisto
      Pages 43-55
  6. Cardiovascular

  7. Reproductive

  8. Neurological

    1. Joseph R. Anticaglia
      Pages 143-150
    2. L. V. Krushinsky, L. N. Molodkina, D. A. Fless, L. P. Dobrokhotova, A. P. Steshenko, A. F. Semiokhina et al.
      Pages 159-183
    3. Kenneth R. Henry, Robert E. Bowman
      Pages 185-201
    4. John L. Fuller, Robert L. Collins
      Pages 203-210
  9. Biochemical and Pharmacological

  10. Sleep

    1. George J. Thiessen
      Pages 271-275
  11. Studies of the Effects of Sonic Booms from Supersonic Aircraft

  12. Summary

    1. Chauncey D. Leake
      Pages 337-340
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 341-365

About this book


The remarkable symposium arranged by Bruce L. Welch and Annemarie S. Welch for the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, Massachusetts at the end of the year 1969 was devoted to the physiological effects of audible sound. Dr. Welch and his wife were able to bring together a distinguished group of scientists from all parts of the world. It was very remarkable to be able to discuss the physiological aspects of noise with representative scientists from Israel, France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Australia, Canada and Argentina. Dr. and Mrs. Welch ran the meeting in a delightful manner and continued to maintain interest and enthusiasm. Now the results of the conference are available. It is to be hoped that this volume will find wide interest and attention. We must differentiate noise from sound. Noise is unpleasant, unwanted or intolerable sound. On the other hand, even ordinary sound may at times be unpleasant, simply because we are not con­ ditioned to it. The general impression that one gets from reading the various reports on the physiological effects of noise is bad. It's a pollutant that we can each individually reduce, and maybe we can have a great enough effect socially so that we can significantly lower the noise levels which may result in considerable harm to us. It is interesting that noise as a pollutant has only recently attracted attention.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce L. Welch
    • 1
  • Annemarie S. Welch
    • 1
  1. 1.Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and The Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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