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July 1963

Hot Climates, Man and His Heart

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590190117025

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For over 20 years the Cardiovascular Laboratories at Tulane have been conducting studies on man's responses to a hot environment. Burch and DePasquale have performed a great service by summarizing an enormous amount of experience and information in a concise volume. Virtually all aspects of the physiology of man in a hot environment have been considered, both normal and pathologic. This book will, therefore, be of value and interest to physiologists and clinicians who share with the authors an interest in this important area.

After introducing the subject of bioclimatology and delineating its many problems Burch and DePasquale systematically present their findings. The role of the skin in salt and water metabolism is discussed in detail. Then follow chapters on the effect of the environment on the peripheral circulation, water and heat loss from the lungs, the effect of thermal stress on the cardiovascular system and on renal function. The

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