© 1981

Osmoregulation in Birds


Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 1-12
  3. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 13-29
  4. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 30-39
  5. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 40-52
  6. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 53-91
  7. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 92-124
  8. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 125-143
  9. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 144-150
  10. Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 151-155
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 175-205

About this book


The approach of this treatise is physiological throughout. In the eyes of the author it answers the rhetorical question raised by Maurice B. Visscher at the Physiology Congress in Washington D. C. in 1968: Does physiology exist? What he meant by this question was whether the fields of cellular physiology and physiology of the various organ systems had become so large that physiology as such had vanished. The firm answer is that physiology does indeed exist. Although it is important to study physiological problems at the subcellular level, it is importan- and equally difficult - to study organ regulation at the cellular level, organ interaction, and integration into the whole organism. An account of avian osmoregulation from an integrated point of view is attempted in this book. Since reading Homer W. Smith's From Fish to Philosopher and August Krogh's Osmoregulation in Aquatic Animals verte­ brate osmoregulation has been in the center of the author's interest. The focus was set on avian osmoregulation after personal contact with the School of Krogh when working in the laboratory of Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen. The fundamental concepts and isotope techniques introduced by Hans H. Ussing have been of constant inspiration. An excellent example for the study of osmoregulation at the cellular level was given by the late Jean Maetz. The writing of this book was suggested by Donald S. Farner who is thanked for thorough editorial assistance, and especially with help in the subtle semantic peculiarities of the English language.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Medical Physiology, Dept. AUniversity of Copenhagen, The Panum InstituteCopenhagen NDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Osmoregulation in Birds
  • Authors E. Skadhauge
  • Series Title Zoophysiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-10546-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-81587-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-81585-0
  • Series ISSN 0720-1842
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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