Netter's Atlas of Human Embryology

1st Edition

Updated Edition


  • Larry Cochard
    • Print ISBN 9781455739776
    • Electronic ISBN

    Key Features

    Here's a rich pictorial review of normal and abnormal human prenatal development. For each body system or region, you'll find a brief description of the developmental plan, with key concepts and terminology, followed by discussions of histological principles, the classification of congenital defects, and basic cellular, molecular, and genetic concepts.  An emphasis on morphological patterns in the embryo and fetus makes it easy to understand the structure and function of the adult body and the embryonic basis of birth defects.

    ·         Summary tables and terminology sections at the end of each chapter, plus an appendix with all major congenital defects and their embryonic basis, make it easy to review course material and prepare for the USMLE.

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    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1

    An Overview of Developmental Events, Processes, and Abnormalities . 1

    The First and Second Weeks. 2

    The Embryonic Period

    The Early Embryonic Period. 3

    The Late Embryonic Period. 4

    The Fetal Period. 5

    Histological Concepts

    Samples of Epithelia and Connective Tissue . 6

    Skin and Embryonic Connective Tissue. 7

    Induction. 8

    Apoptosis . 9

    Segmentation and Early Pattern Formation

    Genetic Determination of Embryonic Axes and Segments. 10

    Segmentation and Segment Fates. 11

    Cell Adhesion and Cell Migration. 12

    Cell Differentiation and Cell Fates . 13

    Growth Factors. 14

    Classification of Abnormal Processes . 15

    Classification of Multiple Anomalies. 16

    Normal Versus Major Versus Minor Malformations . 17

    Marfan Syndrome. 18

    Apert and De Lange Syndromes. 19

    Examples of Deformations . 20

    Example of a Deformation Sequence . 21

    Drug-Induced Embryopathies. 22

    Terminology. 23

    Chapter 2

    Early Embryonic Development and the Placenta . 27

    Adult Uterus, Ovaries, and Uterine Tubes . 28

    Ovary, Ova, and Follicle Development . 29

    The Menstrual Cycle and Pregnancy. 30

    The First Week: .

    Ovulation, Fertilization and Migration Down the Uterine Tube. 31

    Ectopic Pregnancy. 32

    Tubal Pregnancy. 33

    Interstitial, Abdominal, and Ovarian Pregnancy. 34

    The Second Week: .

    Implantation and Extraembryonic Membrane Formation. 35

    The Third Week: Gastrulation. 36

    Events Related to Gastrulation:.

    Neurulation and Early Placenta and Coelom Development . 37

    The Fourth Week: Folding of the Gastrula . 38

    The Vertebrate Body Plan. 39

    Formation of the Placenta. 40

    The Endometrium and Fetal Membranes. 41

    Placental Stru


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    About the editor

    Larry Cochard

    Affiliations and Expertise

    The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA