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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Baha M. Sibai, MD (University of Tennessee at Memphis College of Medicine)
Description: This four-volume encyclopedia serves as a comprehensive source of information regarding reproduction in the animal kingdom which is detailed in 542 chapters or entities.
Purpose: The purpose is to assemble a comprehensive source of information which encompasses all aspects of the subject of reproduction relating to the entire animal kingdom. With the expanding interest in reproductive technology, an encyclopedic reference work such as this is needed and welcomed.
Audience: The editors believe this set should be as useful to experts who are exploring reproductive phenomenon outside of their own field as it is to students and the educated public at large. The editors have accumulated 700 contributors including many recognized experts in their fields.
Features: The volumes cover a vast range of topics dealing with all aspects of reproduction in the animal kingdom from invertebrate embryology and endocrinology to antepartum fetal assessment. In addition to pertinent references, each chapter contains a useful outline and glossary. The chapters are also summarized and provide cross references to related topics. A wide variety of illustrations including tables, graphs, drawings, and excellent photographs are well utilized in each entry.
Assessment: This encyclopedia provides an attractive, comprehensive review of clinical and basic science involved in reproductive biology. It assembles a vast amount of information into an extremely well researched four-volume set which is unique to the literature.