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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael F. Dauzvardis, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is a second edition work (first edition, 1994) geared toward use in first year medical school curricula.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten the student on the complexities of human development by integrating molecular and morphological processes. The author more than meets this objective through the use of simple and concise tables and illustrations, coupled with succint text.
Audience: Though it is primarily targeted at beginning medical students, clinicians, nurses, graduate students, teachers, and others working in heath/biological fields would also benefit from this text. The author has written textbooks for 30 years, and is certainly a credible source.
Features: The focuses is on human development from gametogenesis to birth with special emphasis on genetic and clinically related events. Unique features include a list of developmentally important molecules, clinical vignettes, multiple choice review questions, and over 500 illustrations. Also captivating are several small illustrated asides dealing with such rarely covered topics as the formation of the nipple or osteogenesis of the cervical vertebrae.
Assessment: This truly stands out as a modern embryological teaching tool. All of the old standards, step-by-step embryogenesis, teratology, etc., are covered. Also, for the first time, the influence of genetic and molecular biology is treated simplistically and in a comprehensible fashion. Improvements to this second edition work certainly make it a worthwhile text to add to an educator's embryological armamentarium.