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Homeostasis and Heterostasis

  • Hans Selye


Claude Bernard1 was the first to point out clearly that the internal medium of living organisms is not merely a vehicle for carrying nourishment to cells but that “it is the fixity of the ‘milieu interieur’ which is the condition of free and independent life.” W. B. Cannon2 suggested the designation “homeostasis” for “the coordinated physiological processes which maintain most of the steady states in the organism.”


Potential Pathogen Polycyclic Hydrocarbon Independent Life Hepatic Microsomal Enzyme Natural Congener 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Selye
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  1. 1.Institut de medecine et de chirurgie experimentalesUniversite de MontrealCanada

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