This textbook presents essential information about human embryology in an accessible form. In addition to covering the specifics of human embryology, the text also provides practical information on human health issues and the latest advances in human reproductive technology. Starting with the biological basics of cell anatomy and fertilization, the author moves through the development of specific organs and systems, before addressing the 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.
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.