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A Case of Diabetes Insipidus
David F. Dean
“Amanda Richards,” a 20-year-old junior in college, is majoring in biology and hopes to be a pediatrician one day. For about a month, she has been waking up frequently at night to go to the bathroom. Most recently, she has noticed that she needs to go to the bathroom during the day more often, almost hourly. Students read about these symptoms and then answer a set of directed questions designed to teach facts and principles of physiology using reference books, textbooks, the Internet, and each other as sources of information. The case has been used in a sophomore-level course in human anatomy and physiology as well as in senior-level course in general physiology.
|Keywords:||Pituitary diabetes insipidus; diabetic; antidiuretic hormone; ADH; vasopressin; osmoreceptors; osmolarity; polyuria; polydipsia; supraoptic nuclei; kidney function|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Physiology Medicine (General)|
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