Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 7

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Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects, 6th Edition zeroes in on all of the crucial clinical and scientific knowledge of embryology and teratology that you need to master. Week by week, stage by stage, you'll explore how organs and systems develop, why and when abnormalities occur, and what the vital roles of the placenta and fetal membranes are in development.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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"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)
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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Table of Contents

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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