Human Reproductive Biology


  • Richard Jones
  • Kristin Lopez

The fourth edition of Human Reproductive Biology-winner of a 2015 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from The Text and Academic Authors Association-emphasizes the biological and biomedical aspects of human reproduction, explains advances in reproductive science and discusses the choices and concerns of today. Generously illustrated in full color, the text provides current information about human reproductive anatomy and physiology. This expansive text covers the full range of topics in human reproduction, from the biology of male and female systems to conception, pregnancy, labor and birth. It goes on to cover issues in fertility and its control, population growth and family planning, induced abortion and sexually transmitted diseases. This is the ideal book for courses on human reproductive biology, with chapter introductions, sidebars on related topics, chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.
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Reproductive biologists, endocrinologists, developmental biologists, and those interested in the reproductive biology of humans. Can also be used as a text for undergraduate students in endocrinology, reproductive biology, and developmental biology.


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-382184-3


"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." - DOODY'S, 5 Stars! "Elegantly written, profusely illustrated, and comprehensively revised to keep pace with rapidly moving research frontiers, the new edition of Jones and Lopez's Human Reproductive Biology is the text of choice for any college-level course in human reproduction. New material has been skillfully integrated into what was already a successful book. New illustrations and well-designed boxes and side-panels enliven the text while updated references guide students into the primary literature. This new edition easily laps the competition." - Peter T. Ellison, Harvard University "This text is a comprehensive treatment of a highly significant area of science that will be greatly appreciated by reproductive biologists and anyone else with an interest in human reproductive biology. The text provides an entree into virtually every aspect of human reproductive biology, from classical paradigms to contemporary ideas and approaches. The presentation is clear and the illustrations useful. This is an excellent effort by only two authors." - Paul M. Wassarman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York "This is clearly the best text on Reproduction available. Jones and Lopez have carefully analyzed and integrated and years of classical work on reproductive biology and transformed it into a very readable book on human reproduction. Although I have been teaching a course on human reproduction for the last sixteen years, and I have reviewed 3 different texts on this subject, I learned something new the first time I perused the new edition of Jones and Lopez." - Cliff Jones, School of Medicine, University of South Dakota “This is the most comprehensive text on human reproduction I’ve read. It covers not only the basic biology of reproduction but also perspectives from evolution and across cultures, as well as practical information that will be useful to all readers, whether students, teachers, or researchers. It’s certainly the best textbook for anthropology and evolution courses dealing with reproduction.” - Wendy Trevathan, New Mexico State University

Table of Contents

Part I: The Adult Female and Male Reproductive SystemsChapter 1: The Brain and Pituitary GlandChapter 2: The Female Reproductive SystemChapter 3: The Menstrual CycleChapter 4: The Male Reproductive SystemPart II: Sex Differentiation and DevelopmentChapter 5: Sexual Differentiation Chapter 6: PubertyChapter 7: Reproductive AgingPart III: ProcreationChapter 8: The Human Sexual ResponseChapter 9: Gamete Transport and FertilizationChapter 10: PregnancyChapter 11: Labor and BirthChapter 12: The Neonate and the New ParentsPart IV: Fertility and Its Control Chapter 13: Human Population Growth and Family Planning Chapter 14: ContraceptionChapter 15: Induced AbortionChapter 16: InfertilityPart V: Special Topics in Human Reproductive BiologyChapter 17: Brain SexChapter 18: Sexually Transmitted Diseases