This textbook presents essential and accessible information about human embryology including practical information on human health issues and recent advances in human reproductive technology. Starting with biological basics of cell anatomy and fertilization, the author moves through the development of specific organs and systems, before addressing social issues associated with embryology. Each chapter includes specific objectives, general background, study questions, and questions to inspire critical thinking. Human Life Before Birth also contains two appendices and a full glossary of terms covered in the text. Clinicians and researchers in this field will find this volume indispensable.
Key selling features:
- Explores all the developmental and embryological events that occur in human emryonic and fetal life
- Reviews basic cell biology, genetics, and reproduction focusing entirely on humans
- Summarizes the development of various anatomical systems
- Examines common birth defects and sexually transmitted diseases including emerging concerns such as Zika
- Documents assisted fertilization technologies and various cultural aspects of reproduction
Table of Contents
Before You Begin. Cells. Cell Division. Genetics. Reproduction. Gametogenesis. Fertilization. The Embryonic Period. The Fetal Period. The Placenta and the Umbilical Cord. The Pregnant Woman, Childbirth, and Multiple Pregnancies. The Skin. The Nervous System. The Skeleton and Muscles. The Circulatory System and Hormones. The Digestive System and the Respiratory System. Mouth and Throat, Face, and the Five Senses. Urinary and Reproductive Systems and the External Genitalia. Birth Defects. Birth Control. Reproductive Technology. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Cultural Aspects of Development.
Frank Dye is an Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department of Western Connecticut State University. He spent nearly 50 years as a Professor at WCSU. His long teaching career included courses in developmental biology, vertebrate embryology, mamma;lian embryology, cell physiology, cell biology, and others. Dye has published dozens of peer review journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia contributions.
"From the development of early organs to the basic architecture of the cell, this book gives readers everything they need to learn about how human development progresses in utero. This edition highlights interesting perspectives on STIs as well as cultural impacts on human development and childbirth. Among the several noteworthy aspects are the study questions following each chapter which span many taxonomical levels ranging from simple remembering to critical thinking." - Kathleen E Salmeron, PhD(University of Kentucky College of Medicine)