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Highly informative, this revised edition of Langman's Medical Embryology gives students a better understanding of the essentials of clinically relevant aspects of embryology. This Eighth Edition includes more information on the genetics of birth defects thus enabling the reader to go beyond morphology and understand embryogenesis at both the cellular and molecular levels. Clinical aspects are emphasized throughout the text, and clinically-oriented problems are listed at the end of each chapter with answers provided in the appendix. Fifty new three-dimensional illustrations help to enhance students' understanding of the organization and formation of the embryo at various stages. Many new SEMs, clinical photographs, and clearly labeled illustrations are incorporated throughout the text.

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Edgar F. Allin, MD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is a textbook of human embryology. The main focus is descriptive morphology of all stages of prenatal life, but much attention is given to developmental defects, and considerable information is added in this edition on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a foundation for the diagnosis, care, and prevention of birth defects. The author acquaints the reader with the nature and timing of normal prenatal events and many important deviations from normal.
Audience: This book is aimed primarily at medical and kindred students but would be valuable to medical educators and to clinicians in such fields as pediatrics and obstetrics.
Features: The core is the lucid account of normal morphologic development by Langman, the original author. The author has updated, expanded the amount of teratology, introduced developmental biology content that was virtually absent previously, and added many new figures, particularly scanning electron micrographs. Some of the new material is not as clearly written as it might be, but still the value of the book is enhanced in view of the recent explosion of knowledge resulting from new research techniques (with much potential diagnostic and pharmacologic utility).
Assessment: Several flaws in the previous edition have been corrected, such as obvious errors of color coding in a few figures, although some remain (as examples, there is no such thing as a "two-cell zygote," and rays of the hand are not interdigital). Better choices of coloration could have been made for several figures (e.g., blue rather than orange for otic vesicle derivatives), and the shading in some 3-D computer-generated figures is baffling. Figure 11-4 of the heart is confusing. Although there are other medical embryology textbooks that are superior in certain respects (e.g., both Carlson and Larson for mechanisms), this is a very good all-around choice.
Edgar F. Allin
This is a textbook of human embryology. The main focus is descriptive morphology of all stages of prenatal life, but much attention is given to developmental defects, and considerable information is added in this edition on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. The stated purpose is to provide a foundation for the diagnosis, care, and prevention of birth defects. The author acquaints the reader with the nature and timing of normal prenatal events and many important deviations from normal. This book is aimed primarily at medical and kindred students but would be valuable to medical educators and to clinicians in such fields as pediatrics and obstetrics. The core is the lucid account of normal morphologic development by Langman, the original author. The author has updated, expanded the amount of teratology, introduced developmental biology content that was virtually absent previously, and added many new figures, particularly scanning electron micrographs. Some of the new material is not as clearly written as it might be, but still the value of the book is enhanced in view of the recent explosion of knowledge resulting from new research techniques (with much potential diagnostic and pharmacologic utility). Several flaws in the previous edition have been corrected, such as obvious errors of color coding in a few figures, although some remain (as examples, there is no such thing as a ""two-cell zygote,"" and rays of the hand are not interdigital). Better choices of coloration could have been made for several figures (e.g., blue rather than orange for otic vesicle derivatives), and the shading in some 3-D computer-generated figures is baffling. Figure 11-4 of the heart is confusing.Although there are other medical embryology textbooks that are superior in certain respects (e.g., both Carlson and Larson for mechanisms), this is a very good all-around choice.
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Covers the clinically relevant principles of embryogeneses that can be used in the diagnosis, care, and prevention of birth defects. Clinical material has been expanded to include more information on genetics and the molecular basis of birth defects, as well as key genes and their function in development. Includes new three- dimensional computer images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683306507
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 528

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Gametogenesis: Conversion of Germ Cells Into Male and Female Gametes 3
2 First Week of Development: Ovulation to Implantation 31
3 Second Week of Development: Bilaminar Germ Disc 49
4 Third Week of Development: Trilaminar Germ Disc 61
5 Third to Eighth Week: The Embryonic Period 83
6 Third Month to Birth: The Fetal Period and Birth Defects 112
7 Fetal Membranes and Placenta 136
8 Skeletal System 161
9 Muscular System 187
10 Body Cavities 197
11 Cardiovascular System 208
12 Respiratory System 260
13 Digestive System 270
14 Urogenital System 304
15 Head and Neck 345
16 Ear 382
17 Eye 394
18 Integumentary System 405
19 Central Nervous System 411
Appendix
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    At long last...

    I first bought Moore's Embryology for the colorful pictures and the easy-to-read font but I soon realised that although the illustrations were good for those of us that depend on a pictorial memory, the text that accompanied it didn't completely explain some of the more complicated concepts and a few of the pictures are also apparently incorrect. I started falling back when everyone with Larsen seemed to love Embryo and I hated it 4 weeks into session. I then got myself a Larsen but soon realised that it too wasn't the book for me (although I know many that swear by it). Larsen, I found was very repetitive and I'd often find myself reading a near-identical paragraph two pages on from one I'd just read. I also found that Larsen tends to deviate from a topic through his paragraphs and talks about other things that would happen at that particular stage of development (which is good in some cases but gets annoying when you'd like to take one structure and follow it through from the beginning to the end without being confused by OTHER things that are happening at the same time) I then stumbled across Langman in the histology lab when I saw the lab assistant using it. Since I found myself once again confused with Embryo, I bought a Langman while on holiday in Sri Lanka for half the price and never looked back. Langman clearly compartmentalizes the topics and minimizes deviating onto other structures while describing the development one concerned unless it is directly relevant. I found it much clearer and easier to understand. Unlike the clutter of images that Larsen would leave in my head, Langman left a smooth chain of thought which was easy to recall. I also found that Langman's summaries at the end of each chapter (although not being as comprehensive as Larsen's) were still pretty good. It also had some information that was not in either Larsen or Moore. But above all, it takes the biscuit for its simple yet awesome three-dimensional CG diagrams, that are unbeatable for those of us who are poor at 3D visualization (ATARI over PS2 anyday!!). The diagrams are perfect for a comprehensive picture of the 7 pages of text that I'd have to sift through if I read Larsen. It also has really good clinical correlations and photographs of numerous congenital diseases and abnormalities. Overall, I'd reccomend this book as my first choice for an embryo text book. It took me nearly 3 sessions to find out the hard way; don't make the same mistake I did. Anyone wanna buy my Moore's? Cheers...

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