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April 10, 1948

Physiology of Man in the Desert

JAMA. 1948;136(15):1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890320052028

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This volume is a comprehensive report of the investigations done by the Rochester Desert Unit during the period from 1942 through 1945. Incidentally, it is also the first volume in the series entitled "Monographs in the Physiological Sciences" sponsored by an editorial board of distinguished physiologists. The studies were conducted in the Colorado desert in California and in the Desert Laboratory at the University of Rochester. In the course of the presentation the entire subject of heat regulation and water balance is outlined and discussed in a clear fashion. The material is well integrated in spite of the fact that the chapters were written by a number of different contributors. Sweat formation, dehydration and water requirements, thirst, circulation and blood changes during water deprivation are extensively considered. Many important practical conclusions arc drawn; a complete list of specific instructions in regard to food, shelter, clothing and water are presented and

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