This thoroughly revised 4th edition offers both clear descriptions and explanations of human embryonic development based on all the most up-to-date scientific discoveries and understanding. Particular attention is paid to the fundamental aspects of molecular mechanisms in development, introducing you to major families of important developmental molecules. Clinical aspects of development are covered throughout in boxed sections of text. First-rate illustrations and Student Consult access, including online animations, complete this essential package.
- Integrates contemporary developmental knowledge with classical embryological understanding.
- Interprets complex molecular developments, to help you learn how exactly the embryo develops.
- Presents first-rate clinical photos and clear drawings, to help you to memorize and understand normal and abnormal development.
- Uses clear sections within the chapter and summaries at the end of each to help you navigate this complex subject.
- Includes review questions at the end of each chapter to help you assess your knowledge.
Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development (Weeks 1-8)
Major Developmental Events During the Fetal Period
PART I Early Development and the Fetal-Maternal Relationship
Getting Ready for Pregnancy
Preparation of the Female Reproductive Tract For Pregnancy
Hormonal Interaction Involved with Reproduction in Males
Transport of Gametes and Fertilization
Ovulation and Egg and Sperm Transport
Cleavage and Implantation
Embryo Transport and Implantation
Molecular Basis for Embryonic Development
Developmental Genes and Cancer
Formation of Germ Layers and Early Derivatives
Gastrulation and the Three Embryonic Germ Layers
Induction of the Nervous System
Cell Adhesion Molecules
Establishment of the Basic Embryonic Body Plan
Development of the Ectodermal Germ Layer
Development of the Mesodermal Germ Layer
Development of the Endodermal Germ Layer
Basic Structure of 4-Week Old Embryo
Placenta and Extraembryonic Membranes
Chorion and Placenta
Placenta and Membranes in Multiple Pregnancies
Developmental Disorders: Causes, Mechanisms, and Patterns
Causes of Malformations
Developmental Disturbances Resulting in Malformations
PART II Development of the Body Systems
Integumentary, Skeletal and Muscular Systems
Initiation of Limb Development
Regulative Properties and Axial Determination
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Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology; Director, Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"This is an excellent content bridge between anatomy and clinical practice: the vignettes are great and the images from the book are available online and downloadable as slides. It could become a best seller as its content and presentation are excellent, and the web-based support is very good."
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