The Maternal Organism - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483229621, 9781483263809

The Maternal Organism

1st Edition

Editors: N. S. Assali
eBook ISBN: 9781483263809
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1968
Page Count: 522
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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 Preface 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 References 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 References 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 References 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 References Chapter 5 Placental Hormones I. Historical Introduction II. Protein Hormones III. Placental Steroids References 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 References Chapter 7 The Pregnant Uterus: Process of Labor, Puerperium


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