Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199672875

Martin Luck
152 Pages
111 x 173 mm
Pub date
Jul 2014
Very Short Introductions


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  • Clearly explains what hormones are and why they are important
  • Considers their various roles - in appetite, in reproduction, and in the balance of water and salt in the body
  • Modern, up-to-date understanding of hormones
  • Touches on the debates about research methods, testing on animals, medical treatments, and hormone misuse

Hormones play an integral part in the balance and workings of the body. While many people are broadly aware of their existence, there are many misconceptions and few are aware of the nature and importance of the endocrine system. 
In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Luck explains what hormones are, what they do, where they come from, and how they work. He explains how the endocrine system operates, highlighting the importance of hormones in the regulation of water and salt in the body, how they affect reproduction and our appetites, and how they help us adjust to different environments, such as travel across time zones. 
In this fresh and modern treatment, Luck also touches on the ethical and moral issues surrounding research methods, testing on animals, and hormone misuse.
"an informative and readable overview to the subject" - Guardian


1: Hormones, history, and the shoulders of giants
2: What and how
3: Nuns, catastrophes, and the mysteries of reproduction
4: Water, salt, and blood pressure
5: The hard stuff: calcium, cells, bones, and cancer
6: Appetite, fat, and obesity
7: The thyroid gland
8: Light and dark
9: Changing perspectives
Further reading

About the author: 

Based at the University of Nottingham as a Professor of Physiological Education , Martin Luck is the author of two previous books. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2011.

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