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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Kazuhiko Shirama, Masami Hokano
    Pages 25-51
  3. A. P. Payne, J. McGadey, H. S. Johnston
    Pages 53-67
  4. G. Chieffi, G. Chieffi Baccari, L. Di Matteo, M. d’Istria, C. Marmorino, S. Minucci et al.
    Pages 91-108
  5. Rosemary C. Spike, Anthony P. Payne, Michael R. Moore
    Pages 165-193
  6. Yousuke Seyama, Takeshi Kasama, Etsuko Yasugi, Sun-Hee Park, Kazutaka Kano
    Pages 195-217
  7. Armando Menendez-Pelaez, Gerald R. Buzzell
    Pages 219-234
  8. Susan M. Webb, Manuel Puig-Domingo, Mercè Viader, Eugenia Mato, Miguel-Angel Peinado
    Pages 235-243
  9. Pedro Abreu, Guadalberto Hernández, Natalia Fajardo, Rafael Alonso
    Pages 245-254
  10. M. K. Vaughan, J. M. Guerrero
    Pages 271-277
  11. Russel J. Reiter, Bruce A. Richardson
    Pages 279-295
  12. Felipe Vilchis, Bertha Chávez, Marco A. Cerbón, Gregorio Pérez-Palacios
    Pages 297-316
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 317-325

About this book

Introduction

Harderian glands, first described by Jacob Harder in two species of deer in 1694, are large, intraorbital glands which, with but few exceptions, are found in all land vertebrates. Certainly, their relatively large size, their phylogenetic age, and persistent conservation in all groups as they emerged from an aqueous to an air/land environment lend strong support to the logical deduction that they probably play an important role in the physiological adaptation to terrestrial life. Yet, few biologists know even what or where these glands are. For a variety of reasons, the Harderian glands have not received the attention they deserve and, as a result, the published works available have been scarce and scattered throughout the world literature. The current situation is remarkably similar to that which existed in regard to the pineal gland prior to the mid-1960s, i. e. , scattered literature, unknown function, few investigators, and little interest. Yet, following a few key papers, interest in the pineal gland expanded and soon an explosive increase in the knowledge and understanding of the pineal gland took place and continues today. Will history repeat itself? Originally, a few of us discussed the desirability of an informal Symposium on the Harderian glands.

Keywords

Glands Hypophyse Porphyrin metabolism Porphyrinstoffwechsel biochemistry circulation classification development metabolism morphology osmoregulation reptiles thermoregulation tissue vertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan M. Webb
    • 1
  • Roger A. Hoffman
    • 2
  • Manuel L. Puig-Domingo
    • 3
  • Russel J. Reiter
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of EndocrinologyHospital de Sant Pau Autonomous UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Dept. of BiologyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of EndocrinologyHospital Santa Creu de Sant Pau University Autonoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Dept. of Cellular & Structural BiologyThe University of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-76685-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76687-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76685-5
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