Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 8

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Overview

Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects, by Drs. Keith L. Moore, T.V.N. Persaud, and Mark G. Torchia, allows you to efficiently and quickly assimilate the most important concepts related to this subject. Concise and richly illustrated, this popular book delivers the embryology knowledge you need in a highly efficient, reader-friendly manner. You can also access the complete contents online at www.studentconsult.com, along with 17 remarkable animations, downloadable illustrations, additional review questions and answers, and more.

  • Access the full contents of the book online at www.studentconsult.com - as well as 17 remarkable animations that bring normal and abnormal embryological development to life, downloadable images, and hundreds of additional review questions and answers to test your mastery of the material.
  • Focus on the most need-to-know information with coverage masterfully distilled from The Developing Human, 8th Edition - the more comprehensive and in-depth embryology textbook by Drs. Moore, Persaud, and Torchia.
  • Study efficiently and flexibly thanks to the book’s user-friendly full-color format and portable size.
  • Effectively prepare for exams with review questions and answers at the end of each chapter.
  • Understand all of the latest advances in embryology, including normal and abnormal embryogenesis, causes of birth defects, and the role of genes in human development.
  • See how discoveries in molecular biology have affected clinical practice, including the development of sophisticated new techniques such as recumbent DNA technology and stem cell manipulation.
  • Prepare for the USMLE Step 1 with clinical case presentations, highlighted in special boxes, that demonstrate how embryology concepts relate to clinical practice.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael F. Dauzvardis
The fifth edition of this book represents a somewhat abbreviated form of the parent text, The Developing Human. The primary goal is to present the essentials of human embryology and teratology in a format useful for students of medicine and associated health services. The authors meet this goal by artfully coordinating lucid color drawings, photographs, MRIs, and clinical correlations with clear, concise prose. The authors, both highly regarded professors of anatomy, target an audience consisting primarily of medical students, although undergraduate biology and nursing students and expectant parents could benefit from this work as well. The focus is on the miracle of human development from gametogenesis to birth. Special attention is placed on the first eight weeks of development, with the majority of chapters zeroing in on a given organ system. By far, the book's greatest strength is its color illustrations. These ""three dimensional"" drawings are quite successful in depicting migration and growth of various embryologic primordia. MRIs, ultrasounds, and scanning electron micrographs complement these drawings. For years Langmans Medical Embryology has been the tool of choice for many medical embryology course directors, but perhaps these faculty would be well advised to peruse this publication. There really exists little comparison in the quality of images, tables, and overall layout of the two texts. However, this book is far superior in using graphics to convey a conceptually difficult topic to the reader.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a beautifully illustrated, student-oriented book on human embryology and development. It comes with access to the complete contents online via Student Consult, which also has unique embryology animations and additional questions and answers for exam preparation. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The book is designed as a primary resource for health and other medical professional students to study normal and abnormal human embryology and development. It is specifically oriented to help prepare students to take exams (USMLE Step 1) and has sample questions and answers at the end of each chapter. The authors meet their goals with the help of excellent illustrations.
Audience: Although written for students in the health professions, the book will serve as a good resource for any medical professional trying to understand developmental anomalies in children. The illustrations are extremely helpful in understanding congenital heart defects and anomalies of the central nervous system, as well as all the other systems of the body. For this reason, it will be invaluable to pediatric subspecialists, especially those in academia, who teach students and residents about these anomalies. The authors, especially Dr. Moore, are internationally regarded as the leading authorities in this field.
Features: An introduction to embryology and human reproduction begins the book, which then reviews human development chronologically through pregnancy. After a review of the placenta, the rest of the book devotes individual chapters to the embryology and development of each organ system, ending with a brief chapter on the multiple causes of birth defects. The color illustrations make difficult 3-dimensional concepts easy to understand. Each chapter is followed by several clinically oriented questions and answers to prepare students for exams. Since the questions are clinical, they sometimes go beyond the scope of the text, but the answers at the back of the book act as additional educational material and place emphasis on important clinical implications of the embryology.
Assessment: This compares quite favorably to the standard embryology text we use in our medical school (Langman's Medical Embryology, 10th edition, Sadler (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006) and the illustrations are much better. Moreover, the link to the Student Consult online and the question and answer sections make this a good reference for any healthcare professional student.
From the Publisher
"A nice touch is the 'Clinically Orientated Questions' at the end of each chapter, which cover the kind of factual and ethical questions often posed by students of the subject."
Medical Student, University of Edinburgh, UK (review of previous edition)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437720013
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/11/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 350,058
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

2 HUMAN REPRODUCTION

3 FIRST WEEK OF DEVELOPMENT

4 SECOND WEEK OF DEVELOPMENT

5 THIRD WEEK OF DEVELOPMENT

6 DEVELOPMENT DURING WEEKS FOUR TO EIGHT

7 FETAL PERIOD: THE NINTH WEEK TO BIRTH

8 PLACENTA AND FETAL MEMBRANES

9 BODY CAVITIES, MESENTERIES, AND DIAPHRAGM

10 PHARYNGEAL APPARRATUS

11 RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

12 ALIMENTARY SYSTEM

13 UROGENITAL SYSTEM

14 CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

15 MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

16 NERVOUS SYSTEM

17 EYES AND EARS

18 INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

19 HUMAN BIRTH DEFECTS

20 THE CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BASIS OF DEVELOPMENT

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