Thermal Control in Man: Regulation of Central Temperature or Adjustments of Heat Exchanges by Servomechanism?

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Yvon Houdas, Annie Sauvage, Maryse Bonaventure, Christine Ledru, Jean-Daniel Guieu

Département de Thermorégulation, Laboratoire de Physiologie, Lille, France

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 95(3), 331-335 (Sep 01, 1973) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426725 History: Received June 29, 1973; Online July 13, 2010


A model of the thermoregulatory mechanisms of the human subject submitted to a heat load is presented. It is based on the hypothesis that the thermoregulatory system controls mainly the level of body heat storage but not directly the deep body temperature. The thermoregulatory system would thus appear to be a servomechanism for the heat exchanges rather than a regulator of central temperature.

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