Chemical Facilitation of Thermal Conduction in Physiological Systems

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Science  23 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4114, pp. 823-825
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4114.823


Experimental evidence supports the concept that solutes capable of reversible chemical reaction can passively facilitate thermnal conduction within their solutions. Myoglobin and bicarbonate are suggested as energy carriers in muscle, having the combined capacity for conveying all waste metabolic heat produced under normal physiological conditions. The concept is extended to convective heat transfer in vivo; this implicates hemoglobin.