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Excretion and Osmoregulation in Animals

  • Julian Sutton
Part of the Macmillan Foundations book series


Osmoregulation is one example of homeostasis (Unit 15), and is partly controlled by hormones (Unit 16). Osmoregulation involves movement of ions and molecules between cells, body fluids and the environment: Units 4,6 and 19 provide essential background information.


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Further reading

  1. Guyton, A.C. and Hall, J.E. Textbook of Medical Physiology (9th ed.) (Philadelphia: Saunders, 1996). I like this hefty textbook of human physiology for its thoroughness and clear, no-frills diagrams.Google Scholar
  2. Guyton, A.C. Human Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease (5th ed.) (Philadelphia: Saunders, 1992). Effectively a shorter, boiled-down version.Google Scholar
  3. Schmidt-Nielsen, K. Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment (4th ed.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990). One of the all-time great textbooks! Exciting, authoritative and easy to read, it puts animal physiology in the context of the environment.Google Scholar
  4. Withers, P.C. Comparative Animal Physiology (Fort Worth: Saunders, 1992). More detailed than Schmidt-Nielsen, with wider ranging examples: the inevitable cost is that it is a less easy read.Google Scholar

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