Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective

Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective

by Allen J. Wilcox

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Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective by Allen J. Wilcox

Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective, is a lively overview of human reproduction: how it works, and what causes it to go wrong. Weaving together history, biology, obstetrics, pediatrics, demography, infectious diseases, molecular genetics, and evolutionary biology, Allen Wilcox brings a fresh coherence to the epidemiologic study of reproduction and pregnancy. Along the way, he provides entertaining anecdotes, superb graphs, odd tidbits and occasional humor that bring the topic to life. The book is divided into two sections. The first lays the foundations - the basic principles of reproductive physiology, demography, infectious diseases, and genetics as they apply to human reproduction. The second part deals with the endpoints of reproductive epidemiology - a spectrum ranging from infertility and fetal loss to birth defects and the delayed effects of fetal exposures. The book closes with a discussion of unsolved problems, suggesting possible research projects for a new generation of epidemiologists. An extensive glossary makes this a valuable reference as well as an enjoyable read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190451073
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Allen J. Wilcox is Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) in Durham, NC, and Editor-in-Chief of Epidemiology. He is a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, with research projects on topics ranging from fertility and early pregnancy loss to fetal growth and birth defects. He holds an MD from the University of Michigan, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bergen (Norway).

Table of Contents

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS 1. The Creative Biology of Human Reproduction 2. On Getting Pregnant 3. How Humans Control their Fertility 4. Infections and Reproduction 5 The Genetics of Reproduction 6. Evolutionary Biology and Eugenics 7. Recurrence Risk 8. Reproductive Epidemiology: Themes and Variations PART TWO: OUTCOMES 9. Fertility and Fecundability 10. Early Pregnancy Loss 11. Miscarriage 12. Stillbirth and Infant Mortality 13. Twins and More 14. Gestational Age and Preterm Delivery 15. Birth Weight and Fetal Growth 16. Birth Defects 17. Sex Ratio 18. Maternal Morbidity and Mortality 19. Preeclampsia 20. Fetal Exposures and Adult Disease 21. Unanswered Questions in Reproductive Epidemiology Afterword Puzzlers Glossary Appendix References Index

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