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Embryology at a Glance

ISBN: 978-1-118-28654-8
120 pages
June 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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This brand new title provides a highly illustrated introduction to key embryological concepts, with concise, memorable descriptions of major embryological developments.

Embryology at a Glance introduces the basic principles of human development, from mitosis and meiosis, and walks you through the primary formation of each body system, with coverage of the continued development of the respiratory and vascular systems during the foetal and neonatal periods.

Fully geared towards the medical school curriculum, the coverage of major steps in human development allows a better understanding of adult anatomy, development-associated conditions, congenital abnormalities and their treatments.

Embryology at a Glance:

  • Features full colour photographs and illustrations, including 3-dimensional illustrations where appropriate, and full labels
  • Offers ‘one-stop’ coverage of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, urinary, endocrine and digestive systems
  • Highlights clinical correlations throughout
  • Includes timelines so you won’t lose sight of the temporal aspect of embryology
  • Includes Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Extended Matching questions (EMQs) for revision and review

A companion website with links to the Dr Webster’s embryological and anatomical podcasts is available at:

The clear, descriptive diagrams characteristic of the at a Glance series will help all medical students and health professionals develop an understanding of human development and its implications for clinical practice.

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Preface 6

Acknowledgements 7

List of abbreviations 8

Timeline 9

Part 1 Early development

1 Embryology in medicine 10

2 Language of embryology 12

3 Introduction to development 14

4 Embyonic and foetal periods 16

5 Mitosis 18

6 Meiosis 20

7 Spermatogenesis 22

8 Oogenesis 24

9 Fertilisation 26

10 From zygote to blastocyst 28

11 Implantation 30

12 Placenta 32

13 Gastrulation 34

14 Germ layers 36

15 Neurulation 38

16 Neural crest cells 40

17 Body cavities (embryonic) 42

18 Folding of the embryo 44

19 Segmentation 46

20 Somites 48

Part 2 Systems development

21 Skeletal system (ossification) 50

22 Skeletal system 52

23 Muscular system 54

24 Musculoskeletal system: limbs 56

25 Circulatory system: heart tube 58

26 Circulatory system: heart chambers 60

27 Circulatory system: blood vessels 62

28 Circulatory system: embryonic veins 64

29 Circulatory system: changes at birth 66

30 Respiratory system 68

31 Digestive system: gastrointestinal tract 70

32 Digestive system: associated organs 72

33 Digestive system: congenital anomalies 74

34 Urinary system 76

35 Reproductive system: ducts and genitalia 78

36 Reproductive system: gonads 80

37 Endocrine system 82

38 Head and neck: arch I 84

39 Head and neck: arch II 86

40 Head and neck: arch III 88

41 Head and neck: arches IV–VI 90

42 Central nervous system 92

43 Peripheral nervous system 94

44 The ear 96

45 The eye 98

Part 3 Self-assessment

MCQs 101

MCQ answers 106

EMQs 107

EMQ answers 108

Glossary 109

Index 114

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Samuel Webster is Lecturer in Anatomy & Embryology at the College of Medicine, Swansea University

Rhiannon de Wreede is Honorary Lecturer at the College of Medicine, Swansea University

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Author's Web Site - visit Dr Webster’s website to access podcasts and other embryological resources.
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