Human Reproductive Biology / Edition 3

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Human Reproductive Biology, Third Edition, explains today's advances in reproductive science and discusses the choices and concerns that are a major part of our lives. It has been fully updated to include the latest medical research into human reproduction and associated health concerns, including new treatments and technologies. The text covers the biological fundamentals, and looks at current topics such as aging of the male and female reproductive systems, hormone therapies, fertility studies and treatments, sexual behavior, and the latest issues related to pregancy.

Intended for those studying reproductive biology, endocrinology, developmental biology and related areas, this updated book will also be useful for researchers and medical practitioners looking for a current, authoritative reference.

Audience: Ideal for undergraduates taking biology of human reproduction courses. These courses are generally for nonmajors and are usually taken after an introduction to biology course. Students in the health sciences should also find this book useful.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Helen H. Kim, MD (University of Chicago)
Description: This is the third edition of a comprehensive textbook covering human reproductive biology. It begins with chapters on the basic biology of reproduction, but it also reviews clinical topics such as pregnancy, contraception, induced abortion, and infertility. The emphasis, however, is on the basic biology of human reproductive biology. The previous edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: As the authors point out, advances in human reproduction appear in the media almost daily, and reproductive biology is relevant to people of all ages. The purpose of this book, according to the editors' preface, "is to give college students a solid foundation in understanding the human reproductive system so that they can critically evaluate and interpret new findings as they prepare for careers in reproductive biology and medicine." The authors succeed in producing a comprehensive textbook that illuminates human reproductive biology.
Audience: This would be ideal for a college level course on human reproductive biology, but it would also be useful for graduate students who might require background on human reproduction. The book might be useful in undergraduate endocrinology or physiology courses as well. Because the book is very readable, it may also be of interest to clinical practitioners of endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, or urology who might want to examine clinical problems from a different perspective. The book offers updates on relevant basic biology (sexual differentiation) and also considers an evolutionary perspective (orgasm, scrotum, menopause, morning sickness) or cross-cultural perspective (human mating systems).
Features: The book is divided into five parts covering adult female and male reproductive systems; sexual differentiation and development; procreation; fertility and its control; special topics in human reproduction biology, which includes chapters on brain sex and sexually transmitted diseases. The earlier chapters provide basic biology background and the later chapters address clinical topics. The clinical chapters will not have enough specific information for practitioners, but they provide clinical background for students of biology or physiology. Highlight boxes present topics of special interest, such as "Trading of Cells between Fetus and Mom during Pregnancy" or "Maternal and Paternal Genetic Imprinting." The new edition includes clear color illustrations, as well as black-and-white figures that augment the text. Also new to this edition are expanded references and a chapter on reproductive aging.
Assessment: This is a useful addition to the field of reproductive biology. Since the publication of the previous edition, numerous advances have been made in the study of human reproduction. The authors have updated and revised their book with the goal of providing the latest available findings. They have done a superb job of creating a readable, aesthetically appealing textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of human reproductive biology.
A well-planned and well-executed text for an undergraduate biology course, suitable for students with or without prior college background in biology. Presents the current state of knowledge about human reproductive anatomy and physiology, and relates this basic scientific knowledge to biomedical aspects of reproduction and to human sexual behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
A new edition of the text providing current information about human reproductive anatomy and physiology, explaining advances in reproductive science which affect everyday choices and concerns. The volume discusses topics as diverse as new PMS treatments, the evolution of human mating systems, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, contraceptives, sex differences in the brain, and the effects of stress on reproduction. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"...a superb job of creating a readable, aesthetically appealing textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of human reproductive biology."
- DOODY'S, 5 Stars!

"...the text of choice for any college-level course in human reproduction....This new edition easily laps the competition."
- Peter T. Ellison, John Cowles Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

"[This] text provides an entree into virtually every aspect of human reproductive biology."
- Paul M. Wassarman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

"This is clearly the best text on reproduction available..."
- Cliff Jones, School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

“This is the most comprehensive text on human reproduction I've read.”
- Wendy Trevathan, New Mexico State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120884650
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard E. Jones has published more than 100 research papers in his field and has received the NIH Research Career Development Award for his research efforts in the study of reproductive biology and endocrinology. In 1990 he received the Student Organization for Alumni Relations Teaching Recognition Award for his teaching of an annual undergraduate course, Human Reproductive Biology, and a course on human anatomy. Dr. Jones obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where his research interests include reproductive biology as well as reproductive endocrinology.

Kristin H. Lopez teaches human reproductive biology through the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. With a background in comparative reproduction and endocrinology, she is an editor of the fi ve-volume work Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates (Academic Press, 2011). Her ongoing work with Colorado Diversity Initiative promotes increased access to higher education of underrepresented students in STEM.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Adult Female and Male Reproductive Systems 1
1 The Brain and Pituitary Gland 3
2 The Female Reproductive System 26
3 The Menstrual Cycle 65
4 The Male Reproductive System 90
Pt. II Sexual Differentiation and Development 115
5 Sexual Differentiation 117
6 Puberty 136
Pt. III Procreation 159
7 Gamete Transport and Fertilization 161
8 Pregnancy 182
9 Labor and Birth 220
10 The Neonate and the New Parents 246
Pt. IV Artificial Control of Fertility 267
11 Contraception 269
12 Induced Abortion 302
13 Infertility 318
14 Human Population Growth and Family Planning 334
Pt. V Human Sexual Behavior 361
15 The Human Sexual Response 363
16 Patterns of Human Sexual Behavior 395
17 Brain Sex 430
18 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 454
Glossary 497
Illustration and Table Credits 545
Index 551
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