Advertisement

Vitamin D

Metabolism and Function

  • Hector F. DeLuca
Book

Part of the Monographs on Endocrinology book series (ENDOCRINOLOGY, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 1-2
  3. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 3-7
  4. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 8-10
  5. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 11-23
  6. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 35-52
  7. Hector F. DeLuca
    Pages 60-60
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 61-82

About this book

Introduction

Because diseases of the bone are often less acute and less lifethreatening than dis­ eases of the circulatory system, gastrointestinal tract, kidney, liver, and the nervous system, they have received a disproportionately smaller amount of attention in the medical world. With the average increasing life span of man as a result of improve­ ments in modern medicine, espe~ially in the pediatric field, the seriousness of many metabolic bone diseases has indeed become more obvious. In addition, other improvements in medicine, such as hemodialysis for the preservation of renal failure patients, have permitted the development of other consequences of diseased kidneys, one of which is the appearance of renal osteodystrophy. Finally, the appearance of several genetic disorders in the area of metabolic bone disease has been underscored by the solution of other pediatric diseas~s of much more serious consequences. These emerging problems all suggest that much remains to be learned concerning the sys­ temic control of bone, both as a structural organ and as a reservoir for the important elements of calcium and phosphorus so essential for the support of life in complex multicellular organisms of which man is the most important. As will be demonstrated in the historical portion of this manuscript, the existence of the three most important humoral factors regulating bone metabolism and func­ tion are now known.

Keywords

diseases medicine metabolism nervous system

Authors and affiliations

  • Hector F. DeLuca
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, College of Agricultural and Life SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-81306-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81308-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81306-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-1015
  • Buy this book on publisher's site