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The kidney as a controller of body homeostasis
Author(s): John Robertson
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Paper Abstract

Normal renal function allows mammals to exist in diverse environments. Collections of nephrons, the basic unit of renal structure, regulate body fluid and electrolytes, blood pressure, and red cell mass. Nephron, and hence renal function also allows removal of toxic waste products generated during metabolism. The kidney is a major site of detoxification for many exogenous drugs and chemicals and also has important functions as an endocrine organ. Without precisely regulated renal function, mammals would quickly dehydrate in relatively arid environments (air) or internally overhydrate and drown in marine environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4512, Complex Adaptive Structures, (23 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446760
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John Robertson, Virginia-Maryland Regional Collete of Veterinary Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4512:
Complex Adaptive Structures
William B. Spillman Jr., Editor(s)

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