Male Fertility and Infertility

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This contemporary account of male fertility provides a much-needed bridge between those seeking to understand the subject from an evolutionary and biological perspective, and those with clinical responsibility for the investigation and treatment of male infertility. Accordingly, the first half of the book deals with evolutionary aspects of male reproduction and sperm competition, sperm production and delivery in man and other animals, spermatogenesis and epididymal function, sperm transport in the female tract, and the apparent decline in human sperm count. The second part of the book puts greater emphasis on clinical problems and opens with a discussion of ICSI, including its value and limitations. This is followed by a review of modern developments in the genetics of male infertility and proceeds to a further chapter on the role of surgical procedures in the treatment of male infertility. The contributors provide a critical review of semen analysis and a full description of the molecular techniques now being used in preimplantation diagnosis and in the study of mitochondrial inheritance. This volume, written by an international team of authors, illustrates the breadth of vision needed to tackle the problem of male infertility.
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"...reading Male Fertility and Infertility instills in readers a renewed respect for the magnificent details of biology and evolution that constitute the reproductive process." The Quarterly Review of Biology

"A timely addition to a bookshelf and its 13 chapters give much scope to update the reader." Human Fertility

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521104005
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Biological Perspectives: 1. The evolution of the sexual arena Jack Cohen; 2. The role of sperm competition in reproduction Tim Birkhead; 3. Sperm production and delivery in mammals, including man Hector Dott and Tom Glover; 4. The local control of spermatogenesis Kate Lakoski Loveland and David de Kretser; 5. Some misconceptions of the human epididymis Roy Jones; 6. Transport of spermatozoa to the egg and fertilisation success Jackson Brown, Steve Publicover and Chris Barratt; 7. Changes in human male reproductive health Stewart Irvine; Part II. Implications of the New Technologies: 8. ICSI: the revolution and the portents Herman Tournaye; 9. The genetic basis of male fertility Pasquale Patrizio and Diana Broomfield; 10. The treatment of azoospermia with surgery and ICSI Sherman Silber; 11. The challenge of asthenozoospermia Chris Ford; 12. Molecular techniques for the diagnosis of inherited disorders and male reproductive malfunction Ian Findlay and Justin St John; 13. Gazing into the crystal ball: future diagnosis and management in andrology Jim Cummins and Anne Jequier; Index.
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