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Essential Reproduction, 8th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-24639-8
376 pages
March 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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Essential Reproduction provides an accessible account of the fundamentals of reproduction within the context of cutting-edge knowledge and examples of its application. The eighth edition of this internationally best-selling title provides a multidisciplinary approach integrating anatomy, physiology, genetics, behaviour, biochemistry, molecular biology and clinical science, to give thorough coverage of the study of mammalian reproduction.

Key features:

  • Contains discussion of the latest on conceptual, informational and applied aspects of reproduction
  • New pedagogical features such as clinical case studies at the end of each chapter
  • Better use of boxed material to improve separation of narrative text from ancillary information
  • Highlighted key words for ease of reference relate to summary of key points
  • Introduction now split into two sections
  • Expanded content in Fetal challenges, and Society and reproduction
  • Substantial rearrangement and updating in Making sperm, Controlling fertility, and Restoring fertility
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Table of Contents



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Part 1 Introduction

CHAPTER 1 What is reproduction?

CHAPTER 2 The infrastructure of reproduction

Part 2 Making women and men


CHAPTER 4 Sexual maturation

CHAPTER 5 Gender

CHAPTER 6 Sexual selection

Part 3 Preparing for pregnancy

CHAPTER 7 Making sperm


CHAPTER 9 Making eggs

CHAPTER 10 Women

Part 4 Making an embryo

CHAPTER 11 Sperm and eggs

CHAPTER 12 Fertilization

CHAPTER 13 Initiating pregnancy

Part 5 Maintaining a pregnancy

CHAPTER 14 Supporting the embryo and fetus

CHAPTER 15 Growing the fetus

CHAPTER 16 Fetal challenges

Part 6 A new individual

CHAPTER 17 Preparing for birth

CHAPTER 18 Giving birth

CHAPTER 19 Lactation

CHAPTER 20 Postnatal care

Part 7 Manipulating reproduction

CHAPTER 21 Controlling fertility

CHAPTER 22 Restoring fertility

CHAPTER 23 Society and reproduction


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Author Information

Martin H. Johnson MA, PhD, FRCOG, FRSB, FMedSci, FRS
Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, UK; Honorary Academic Fellow of St Paul’s College, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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