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- n. receptors postulated to exist on nerve cell membranes of the sympathetic nervous system in order to explain the specificity of certain agents that affect only some sympathetic activities (such as vasodilation and increased heart beat)
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The histamine project, modelled by analogy with the beta-adrenoceptor project, was also somewhat controversial at the beginning.
Brian Pritchard, clinical pharmacologist at University College, London, spearheaded the clinical development of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists and crusaded on their behalf - as well as revolutionising their use by his discovery of their antihypertensive effect.
There are various types of beta-blockers (beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents).
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