PMID: 42872Jan 1, 1979

Endogenous opioids and fever: a hypothesis

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
D Carr


The explosion of knowledge set off by the characterization of endorphins and their receptors has created opportunities for new perspectives on a variety of phenomena. This brief essay examines one such phenomenon--the human febrile response--and proposes an alteration of the current model of the neuroendocrine circuitry controlling body temperature. Using behavioral thermoregulation as a starting point, we shall touch upon implications of this model for describing other forms of goal-directed motor activity.

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