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Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2001 Jul;45(3):269-95.

Review of Prof. B.K. Anand's scientific study: fifty years following his discovery of feeding centre.

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Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029.


Prof. BK Anand the living legend, is the founder of modern neurophysiology in India. His career spanned an era that marks the beginning of Brain Research in India. His contributions to understanding of brain functions began with the epoch making discovery of lateral hypothalamic area as the 'feeding center'. Subsequently it encompasses a wider range of studies from elucidation of the intricate mechanisms underlying ingestive behaviour to hypothalamic regulation of cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal activity and regulation of various physiological functions by limbic system. The following review gives an account of the contributions made by Prof Anand and his colleagues during twenty five years of his illustrious career. The publications resulted from his studies has not only stood as a testimony to understanding of the neural control of ingestive behaviour and limbic functions but also have been a sources of a great interest to those who pursue knowledge in this field.

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