Vasopressin

  • Gary R. Robertson
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE, volume 2)

Abstract

The past few years has been a time of rapid growth in our knowledge of vasopressin and neurohypophyseal function. In 1977, the major advances of the prior decade were represented by less than 150 papers.’ In the last 5 years, more than 250 papers exploring new or controversial aspects of vasopressin function have appeared. While this new growth occurred in many areas, it was particularly pronounced in those pertaining to basic anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology of the system. Some advances also were made in pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment, but much of the new information in these areas served to confirm and consolidate existing concepts. In the following sections, these new developments will be reviewed, giving particular attention to those that seem the most important, well developed, or controversial. Wherever it seems particularly important or helpful to understanding, pertinent historical material will also be reviewed. For more complete background material, the reader is referred to the initial chapter in the series.1

Keywords

Lithium Estrogen Arginine Glucocorticoid Catecholamine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary R. Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Chicago School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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