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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Alvin Telser, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive and current treatise on the cell and molecular biology of the mammalian testis. It is well written, well edited, and of high quality both from a content and physical point of view.
Purpose: The book is intended to combine cellular, molecular, genetic, physiologic, and developmental facts and concepts about the testes for workers in the field and for those who may need an authoritative reference or who may wish to learn about this aspect of reproductive biology. These objectives are achieved to a significant degree in this monograph.
Audience: The book is written for researchers in this field and for those who may wish to learn more about the field. There is a high probability that the book will become the major reference in the cell and molecular biology of the testes for the next several years.
Features: The book has no special distinctive features. The graphs and line drawings are clear, accurate, and easy to interpret. The smaller number of light and electron micrographs are of a good, but not exceptional, quality. Most chapters have an appropriate number of illustrations; others might benefit from a greater number of diagrams.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that is likely to become the standard reference in its field during the next five years or so. It combines a wide range of contemporary knowledge about and approaches to the biology of the testes. Libraries should find this monograph to be a valuable addition to their collection on modern approaches to and knowledge of traditional areas of human biology.