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.
• Provides more coverage of molecular development to help you interpret complex information.
• Helps you to understand the full 3-D development of the embryo and the shapes of the developing forms using detailed animations on Student Consult.
• Revises the section on the development of the head, particularly useful for dental students.
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This new softcover book on embryology is aptly named. It covers normal human development and clinical embryology, with emphasis throughout on relevant molecular and experimental studies. The purpose is to introduce the structural changes in the embryo and fetus in the context of the rapid and revolutionary scientific developments in the field. The stated goal is to do this in a manner that is understandable to the beginning student and streamlined enough for the reduced emphasis on embryology in medical curricula. The book is intended for first-year medical and allied health students. The excellent coverage of clinical topics such as congenital defects, treatment of infertility, prenatal imaging, and the genetic manipulation of embryos will make this appealing to medical students. The detailed coverage of the cellular and molecular basis of development, however, points to a different audience, perhaps graduate students, advanced medical students, or more specialized health professionals. The chapters in the first half of the book emphasize early development, the body plan, mother and fetus, molecular and cellular concepts, and related clinical topics. The second half covers the body systems. The book's unique feature is its focus on the biology of development. No other book in its class has its detail at the molecular and genetic level and its scope. It includes some histology and cell biology, and the descriptive figures on the body systems tend to emphasize more realistic changes in structures instead of schematics. The author does an admirable job on the science of development and the current state of medical embryology, but the detail works against the beginner, at least for a shortembryology course. Although the book may not stand alone for any particular course, it would be an excellent reference for advanced students in a variety of areas in biology and medicine. There is much of value in this unique book.