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Elmar Peschke (Hrsg): Chronobiologie – Leopoldina-Symposium am 19. März 2010 in Halle (Saale)

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GMS Z Med Ausbild 2012;29(4):Doc53

doi: 10.3205/zma000823, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0008234

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The German version can be found at:

Received: May 15, 2012
Revised: June 1, 2012
Accepted: June 1, 2012
Published: August 8, 2012

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Elmar Peschke (Hrsg):

Chronobiologie – Leopoldina-Symposium am 19. März 2010 in Halle (Saale)

Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart

year of publication: 2011, € 24,95, ISBN: 978-3-8047-2942-1


Shift work, jet lag, insomnia – chronobiology is exceedingly important in our daily life and it is therefore honoured by an issue of Nova Acta Leopoldina.

The book reviewed herein, is a compilation of six original articles and 14 poster presentations. As a medical sub-discipline, chronobiology has been established by the middle of the 20th century. Not only since many jobs as of today are characterized by a 24-hour work flow, is scientific knowledge of chronobiological issues of utmost importance.

Although time perception has been noticed in all life forms, it has no anatomical correlation in man. The present work set out to investigate whether biological mechanisms are influenced by circadian and seasonal rhythms. It explains theoretical background knowledge with its clinical application. The role of circadian rhythm genes in the field of sleep medicine is discussed, as well as new insights in the therapy of Diabetes Mellitus and molecular stress.

In their compilation „Chronobiologie - Leopoldina-Symposium am 19. März 2010 in Halle (Saale)“, the authors offer a variety of interesting subjects dealing with chronobiology and its connection to medical science. It reveals that chronobiology does play an exceedingly important role in (medical) everyday life. I recommend this book to clinicians as it focuses on a lot of clinical questions.

Competing interests

The author declares that he has no competing interests.