Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects / Edition 5

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The excellent sourcebook BEFORE WE ARE BORN, 5th Edition, presents a clear, concise account of human embryology, fertilization, week-by-week maturation of the embryo and fetus, development of the major organ systems, and much more! It's vividly illustrated with clinical photographs, scanning electron micrographs, and step-by-step drawings. All artwork has been completely revised for this new edition.

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

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Reviewer: Michael F. Dauzvardis, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: The fifth edition of this book represents a somewhat abbreviated form of the parent text, The Developing Human.
Purpose: 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.
Audience: 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.
Features: 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.
Assessment: 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.
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721673776
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/23/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 543
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to Human Embryology 1
2 Human Reproduction 9
3 The First Week of Human Development 27
4 The Second Week of Human Development 37
5 The Third Week of Human Development 45
6 Organogenetic Period: Human Development During Weeks Four to Eight 61
7 Fetal Period: Ninth Week to Birth 77
8 The Placenta and Fetal Membranes 89
9 Human Birth Defects 117
10 Body Cavities, Mesenteries, and Diaphragm 139
11 The Pharyngeal Apparatus 151
12 The Respiratory System 189
13 The Digestive System 201
14 The Urogenital System 229
15 The Cardiovascular System 263
16 The Skeletal System 305
17 The Muscular System 323
18 The Limbs 329
19 The Nervous System 343
20 The Eye and Ear 371
21 The Integumentary System 387
References and Suggested Readings 401
Answers to Clinically Oriented Questions 409
Index 421
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