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First Prize in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category at the British Medical Association Book Awards 2008

Essential Reproduction provides an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the study of reproduction for students taking courses in reproductive physiology in a wide range of subjects, from medicine and midwifery to veterinary medicine and bioscience.

The book spans the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, behavioural science, endocrinology, immunology, genetics and clinical science. It draws out the general, fundamental principles of reproduction, and makes clear the differences between species in relevant areas - often in tabular form or as illustrations for clarity of presentation. There is a strong emphasis on clear structure and layout, and a good use of pedagogical features such as Key Points, Learning Points, and Further Reading.

"...a completely integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of in full color and completely revised and updated...includes an up-to-the- minute chapter on gender."

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Amber R. Cooper, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book for professionals studying reproduction that covers topics from gender selection to conception and parturition with both a basic and clinic flare.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide professionals studying reproduction, both in human and veterinary medicine, a comprehensive account of the fundamentals that comprise a complex set of hormonal, molecular, and behavioral series of events. The author does a good job eloquently describing a complex topic in an understandable and interesting way, from both a basic science and clinical perspective.
Audience: The book is written for students, residents, and professionals in medical, veterinary, and graduate/research programs.
Features: This book does an excellent job of taking a detailed field of study and presenting it as interesting, unique compilation of facts. It uniquely compares human reproduction with other mammalian species and also includes various clinical hot topics such as those that are politically, legally, and controversially debated both publicly and in the research sector.
Assessment: This sixth edition is justified due to the drastic volume of research and discovery in the last seven years. It is a unique compilation of basic and clinical aspects of reproduction in an understandable and eloquently written text.
From the Publisher
"Beautifully illustrated, Essential Reproduction is essential reading for medical, veterinary and biological science students, as well as students of physiology and trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology." (BMA Medical Book Competition - Programme and Award Winners, September 2008)

"This book is excellent for undergraduate studies as it has the perfect level of information. Beautiful diagrams complement clear text and digest this difficult subject down into easy to read sections." Medical Student, Oxford University

"It is a unique compilation of basic and clinical aspects of reproduction in an eloquently written text."
Doodys Reviews

Provides an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the study of reproduction for all students taking courses in reproductive physiology, whether in medicine or science. Draws on disciplines including anatomy, endocrinology, behavioral science, and genetics to explain fundamental principles of reproduction common to most species. Where fundamentals differ between species, an explicit discussion is given. Includes chapter summaries and key points. This fifth edition offers a color art program, and contains a new chapter on gender and sexuality. Johnson teaches reproductive sciences and Everitt teaches behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405118668
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Essentials Series, #12
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Martin Johnson is Professor of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Cambridge. His main research area is preimplantation mammalian development.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the sixth edition.

How to use this book.


1 Sex.

2 Gender and Sexuality.

3 Reproductive Messengers.

4 Testicular Function in the Adult.

5 Ovarian Function in the Adult.

6 Regulation of Gonadal Function.

7 Puberty and the Maturation of the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis.

8 Actions of Steroid Hormones in the Adult.

9 Coitus and Fertilization.

10 Implantation and the Establishment of the Placenta.

11 Maternal Recognition and Support of Pregnancy.

12 The Fetus and its Preparations for Birth.

13 Parturition.

14 Lactation and Maternal Behaviour.

15 Fertility.


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