Inadequate frameworks for understanding bodily homeostasis

  title={Inadequate frameworks for understanding bodily homeostasis},
  author={William W Blessing},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  • W. Blessing
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Neurosciences
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