The Secretion and Effects of Melatonin in Humans

  • Richard J. Wurtman
  • Franz Waldhauser
  • Harris R. Lieberman
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 65)


Although it has been well established for two decades that the human pineal gland produces and secretes melatonin, and although investigators began describing effects of exogenous melatonin on humans (principally on sleepiness and subjective vigor) soon after its discovery, relatively little information has been available until recently about the normal range of melatonin concentrations in human plasma and other body fluids, and even less about the effects of exogenous melatonin or its roles in human physiological processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Wurtman
    • 1
  • Franz Waldhauser
    • 2
  • Harris R. Lieberman
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neuroendocrine Regulation Department of Nutrition and Food ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Univ. - KinderklinikWien 9Austria
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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