Johansen 1987 World as a laboratory
|Johansen K (1987) The August Krogh Lecture: The world as a laboratory. Physiological insights from nature's experiments. In: Advances in physiological research (McLennan H, Ledsome JR, McIntosh CHS, Jones DR, eds). Plenum Publishing Corporation:377-96.|
August Krogh, the Nobel laureate from 1920 to whom this lecture is dedicated, epitomized the very essence of comparative physiology in his famous statement (Krogh, 1929): "For a large number of problems there will be some animal of choice or a few such animals on which it can be most conveniently studied".
I profess as many before me that the animal's environment and the constraints it offers should also be a paramount consideration in organismic physiology.
In this context I cannot help recalling a discussion I overheard years ago in the Arctic between Larry Irving and some fellow physiologists. The discussion got heated when Larry Irving refused to recognize the white laboratory rat as an animal. He argued that the white rat with food and water ad libitum and a thermostatted cage placed in a regulated light-dark cycle for literally thousands of generations could and should not qualify as an animal. I think Irving won the discussion.
On this basis and these premises I will in the following give a few examples of my research in comparative environmental physiology.
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