Regulating the body

1865 Regulating the body

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Claude Bernard metabolism Regulating the body

Regulating the body

Milieu interieur

Fact and ritual

Claude Bernard was the first to introduce the concept of homeostasis (or, as he called it, milieu intérieur), the idea that the body is a self-regulating system.

Claude Bernard was also one of the first to emphasize experiments with animals and insist on scientific methods for medical research. He was the primary proponent of vivisection in Europe, and his wife left him because she disagreed with this practice.

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