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Lyceum Society


for Members

Lyceum Society

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Lyceum Society


The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches. Brown Bag: 11:30 AM; Brief-Brief: 12:00 PM; Lecture & Discussion: 1 PM to 3 PM.

Thirst: Physiology of Water Balance in the Body

THIRST: Can you walk past a water fountain without stopping? Maintaining the proper relationship of water to salt in the body is called osmolality. In humans, this requires a cooperative effort between the brain and the kidney.

Water balance is the only body chemistry of which we are consciously aware. It is an autonomic function that has become, in terrestrial animals, "encephalized."


Burton Cohen, MD

Professor Emeritus, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Burton Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There he taught kidney physiology and served as Physician-in-Chief at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.
A graduate of Yale College (1950, cum laude) and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1954), he has served in many capacities at Cornell, Bellvue, Montefiore, and Herbert Lehman College. He is the author of innumerable book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Presently, he teaches Advanced Guitar at the Nauset Dept. of Adult Education on Cape Cod.
Dr. Cohen is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the NYAS. At NYAS, he served as the Chair of the now defunct Biomedical Section.

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