• Bengt Andersson
  • Marianne Fillenz
  • Richard F. Hellon
  • Alan Howe
  • Barry F. Leek
  • Eric Neil
  • A. S. Paintal
  • J. G. Widdicombe
  • Editors
  • E. Neil

Part of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology book series (SENSORY, volume 3 / 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. A. S. Paintal
    Pages 1-45
  3. Alan Howe, Eric Neil
    Pages 47-80
  4. Marianne Fillenz, J. G. Widdicombe
    Pages 81-112
  5. Barry F. Leek
    Pages 113-160
  6. Richard F. Hellon
    Pages 161-186
  7. Bengt Andersson
    Pages 187-216
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-250

About this book


This series of concise essays on Enteroceptors is designed to interest the gradu­ ate student and to stimulate research. Even before the advent of electrophysiological studies, classical physiological techniques had shown the essence of the role of many of the enteroceptors. Thus the monitoring influence of the cardiovascular mechanoreceptors on the heart and on the systemic vascular resistance, the role of the arterial chemoreceptors in hypoxia and the influence of the so-called Hering Breuer stretch receptors on breathing had all been documented. The pioneering work of ADRIAN, BRONK, ZOTTERMAN and others using electroneurographic methods gave a remarkable impetus to the study of the enteroceptors themselves. Nowhere is this better exemplificd than in the case of the afferent end organs of the heart, the respiratory tract and the abdominal and pelvic viscera. The remarkable development of our knowledge of the multiplicity of types of nerve endings from the thoracic and abdominal viscera acquired from electrophysiological studies has refocussed our attention on the histological details of the sites of such receptors. Once more research on the structural side has been accelerated by the question raised by evidence obtained from functional studies. This is well illustrated in the case of the carotid body, where the long cherished belief that the innervated epithelioid cells constitute the chemoreceptor complex is now under attack. The detailed consideration of the functional characteristics of each entero­ ceptor considered has not occupied our whole attention.


Rezeptor attention breathing cardiovascular cells development heart histology hypoxia monitoring research resistance thermoregulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Bengt Andersson
    • 1
  • Marianne Fillenz
    • 2
  • Richard F. Hellon
    • 3
  • Alan Howe
    • 4
  • Barry F. Leek
    • 5
  • Eric Neil
    • 6
  • A. S. Paintal
    • 7
  • J. G. Widdicombe
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyVeterinärhögskolanStockholm 50Sweden
  2. 2.University Laboratory of PhysiologyOxfordGreat Britain
  3. 3.National Institute for Medical ResearchMill Hill, London NW7Great Britain
  4. 4.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of London, Chelsea College of Science & TechnologyLondon SW3Great Britain
  5. 5.Department of Veterinary Physiology, Royal Dick School of Veterinary StudiesUniversity of EdinburghSummerhall, EdinburghGreat Britain
  6. 6.Department of Physiology, Windeyer BuildingMiddlesex Hospital Medical SchoolLondon W1Great Britain
  7. 7.Vallabhbhai Patel Chest InstituteUniversity of DelhiDelhi 7India
  8. 8.Univesity Laboratory of PhysiologyOxfordGreat Britain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-65254-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-65252-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0072-9906
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