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A thorough appreciation of the cellular, molecular and tissue changes which precede the birth of an animal is a fundamental requirement for understanding normal structural development and also abnormal processes which result in congenital defects. This textbook provides information relevant to many subjects taught in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical years. Early chapters describe and explain sequential events relating to the division, growth and differentiation of cells and to the formation of foetal membranes, implantation and placentation. Succeeding chapters trace the origin, growth, development and maturation of the major body systems. Age determination of the embryo and foetus is reviewed in a single chapter. Genetic, chromosomal and environmental factors which adversely affect pre-natal development are reviewed in the final chapter. A reading list at the end of each chapter offers additional sources of information on the topics discussed. Tables, flow diagrams and numerous hand-drawn illustrations provide information in a form which complements the concepts presented in the text.
- Written by a team which includes members with expertise in developmental anatomy, molecular biology and clinical aspects of veterinary medicine.
- The authors have extensive experience in the teaching of veterinary embryology and cognate subjects.
- Illustrations, hand-drawn by a veterinary graduate, are used extensively to explain organogenesis and system development.
- An explanatory glossary provides concise information on specialised terms used in the text.
- The index is designed for easy retrieval of information.
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Table of Contents
About the authors, vii
About the companion website, xii
1 Historical aspects of embryology, 1
2 Division, growth and differentiation of cells, 13
3 Gametogenesis, 20
4 Fertilisation, 26
5 Cleavage, 33
6 Gastrulation, 39
7 Cell signalling and gene functioning during development, 45
8 Stem cells, 59
9 Establishment of the basic body plan, 67
10 Coelomic cavities, 73
11 Foetal membranes, 81
12 Forms of implantation and placentation, 92
13 Embryo mortality in domestic species, 112
14 Cardiovascular system, 119
15 Embryological and postnatal features of haematopoiesis, 148
16 Nervous system, 167
17 Muscular and skeletal systems, 195
18 Digestive system, 214
19 Respiratory system, 232
20 Urinary system, 240
21 Male and female reproductive systems, 251
22 Structures in the head and neck, 274
23 Endocrine system, 289
24 Eye and ear, 298
25 Integumentary system, 314
26 Age determination of the embryo and foetus, 331
27 Assisted reproductive technologies used in domestic species, 338
28 Genetic, chromosomal and environmental factors which
adversely affect prenatal development, 351
Useful websites, 377