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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sherrie Gayle Clark, DVM, MS, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book compares the reproductive physiology and biology of reproductive systems of a variety of species. It describes normal physiology and how it is used in many of the assisted reproductive technologies.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for a vast audience of scientists and students in the field of reproduction that fills in the gaps of other publications. This book succeeds in covering what many other books don't without restating what they have already covered.
Audience: The audience for this book is large and includes graduate students, residents, veterinarians, animal scientists, and other professionals in the field of animal reproduction. This will be an excellent reference for students of any age who are working in the field of animal reproduction.
Features: The book covers a wife variety of topics from developmental biology through anatomy to histology and cellular biology of the reproductive organs. The text is enhanced by the color plates after the histology section, enabling readers to truly understand the physiology and cellular makeup of the tissues with which they will work and use in their assisted reproductive technique such as embryo transfer, IVF, cryopreservation, and nuclear transfer. The only disappointment is the lack of images in the section on pregnancy diagnosis in swine.
Assessment: I will ask students in the veterinary curriculum to read parts of this book to complement other reading assignments, while this will be a cover-to-cover read for my residents as they prepare for their specially board examination in theriogenology. This will rank almost as high as Pathways to Pregnancy and Parturition by Senger (Current Conceptions, 2005).