The Maternal Organism

The Maternal Organism

1st Edition - January 1, 1968

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  • Editor: N. S. Assali
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263809

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Biology of Gestation, Volume I: The Maternal Organism, is the first of a two-volume treatise that aims to fill the void which exists among the various disciplines that deal with the process of gestation. This work brings together in a comprehensive form basic knowledge acquired through intensive research work carried out by many investigators in the various disciplines that deal directly or indirectly with the process of gestation. Hence, it should prove to be of great interest to the student, the research worker, and the academically oriented individual in the general field of reproduction and in the specific fields of obstetrics and pediatrics. The treatise should also provide a source of basic information to the clinician in obstetrics and pediatrics which should assist him in the interpretation and understanding of the underlying. The present book deals with the maternal organism and the changes that occur during gestation. It opens with a chapter on the mechanism of ovulation and its control. Subsequent chapters deal with the problems of gametogenesis, fertilization, migration, and implantation of the ovum; and various morphological and physiological aspects of the placenta. The final two chapters discuss the physiological and biochemical changes that occur in labor, the puerperium, and lactation; and the physiological processes that adjust the maternal organism to pregnancy.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors to this Volume

    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 The Neural Control of Ovulation

    I. Introduction

    II. The Nervous System and Pituitary Function

    III. Neural Control of Ovulation

    IV. Integration of Ovulation and Other Reproductive Processes

    V. The Ontogeny of Reproductive Neuroendocrinology

    VI. A Hypothesis of the Neural Control of GTH Secretion


    Chapter 2 Gametogenesis to Implantation

    I. Origin and Migration of Primordial Germ Cells

    II. Gametogenesis

    III. Capacitation

    IV. Tubal Factors

    V. Fertilization 76

    VI. Preimplantation Stages of Development

    VII. Preparation for Implantation


    Chapter 3 Morphology of the Placenta

    I. Introduction

    II. Comparative Anatomy of the Placenta and Fetal Membranes

    III. Chorioallantoic Placentation

    IV. Decidua and Placental Junctional Zone

    V. Morphogenesis of the Human Placenta

    VI. Regional Anatomy of the Human Placenta

    VII. Placental Vascular Anatomy

    VIII. Human Placental Ultrastructure

    IX. Summary


    Chapter 4 Physiology of the Placenta

    I. Uteroplacental Circulation

    IIA. Placental Transfer—the Use of Tracer Methods for the Study of Placental Transmission

    IIB. Placental Transfer—Transport Systems and Transfer of Specific Substances

    III. Dynamics of Amniotic Fluid


    Chapter 5 Placental Hormones

    I. Historical Introduction

    II. Protein Hormones

    III. Placental Steroids


    Chapter 6 Regulation of Myometrial Composition, Growth, and Activity

    I. Introduction: the Myometrium: Muscle under Neurohormonal Control

    II. The Smooth Muscle Cell

    III. Membrane Potential, Contraction, and Ionic Environment

    IV. Neural and Endocrine Control of the Uterus

    V. Uterine Growth and Metabolism


    Chapter 7 The Pregnant Uterus: Process of Labor, Puerperium, and Lactation

    I. Introduction

    II. Labor

    III. Physiology of the Puerperium

    IV. Physiology and Biochemistry of Lactation


    Chapter 8 Maternal Physiological Adjustments

    I. Introduction

    II. Blood Volume and Composition

    III. Cardiovascular Dynamics

    IV. Respiratory Function

    V. Renal Function

    VI. Alimentary Function

    VII. Metabolism of Water and Electrolytes

    VIII. The Nature of Weight Gain during Pregnancy

    IX. Energy Metabolism

    X. Metabolism of Minerals and Vitamins


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 522
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1968
  • Published: January 1, 1968
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263809

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