Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Physiology and Biophysics


Body temperature--Regulation


During the past two decades, substantial advances have been made toward the understanding of various phases of heat regulation. Many threads leading to the explanation of the complete mechanism of heat regulation of the body have been unraveled. Altho the exact anatomical location, extent and relations have not yet been determined, it has become evident that the chief control of body temperature is thru the central nervous system. Especially important regions are the basal nuclei and the brain stem. Barbour has produced evidence, confirmed by Hashimoto, Prince and Hahn, Rogers, Bazett and Penfield, that temperature control occurs by means of temperature influences upon the central nervous system as well as indirectly by way of the skin. Altho the heat and cold were applied in the vicinity of the caudate nucleus, they undoubtedly influenced the thalamus and hypothalamus, as well as the corpus striatum.