The Body Fluids and Their Functions

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Produced in 1967 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet intends to give an outline of the main features of the moving and circulating body fluids. Without the circulation of blood or haemolymph, the transport of metabolites and constancy of internal composition cannot be achieved. The evolution of animals is linked with the evolution of rapid, accurate and automatically-regulating transport of body fluids.

This booklet looks at a range of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and contains sections that examine:
* The blood and tissue fluids of vertebrates
* Body fluids in invertebrates
* Movement of the body fluids
* Transport by diffusion
* Carriage of oxygen
* Regulation of body fluids: oxygen, glucose, water, blood and urea
* The hydraulic function of body fluids in various animals
* Heat distribution in homeotherms
* Clotting and wound healing

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