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The Reproductive System at a Glance, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9452-5
128 pages
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format, and now in full-colour, The Reproductive System at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Fully updated throughout to reflect changes to the content and assessment methods used by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the anatomy and physiology of normal reproduction, followed by a full range of clinical abnormalities.

This new edition of The Reproductive System at a Glance:

  • Includes new chapters on labour abnormalities, and benign and malignant breast diseases
  • Includes updated content diagnostic features of testicular tumours, and diseases of the prostate
  • Features a brand new section of self-assessment MCQs

This book is an invaluable resource for all students of medicine, as well as junior doctors, nurses, midwives, physiology and bioscience students.

Reviews of the previous edition

 “A well written book with clear descriptions of the normal reproductive function of both sexes and their disorders... Perfect for those PBL sessions on reproductive biology.” Surgo, Glasgow University Medical Journal

 “...Human Reproduction at a Glance has the merit that it will remain useful and applicable for the whole duration of the medical course and onward into clinical practice.” GKT Gazette

“Exactly as the title says, you get brief but detailed information on hormone production and action on reproductive system development, and the associated disorders. It is brilliant for gaining a basic understanding of the reproductive system. With the aid of colourful pictures and reasonably simple explanations, this book makes it easy for you to understand the basic principles.” QMM Magazine, Birmingham University

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Table and figure acknowledgements

Part I Normal human reproduction

1 The pituitary gland

2 Gonadotrophins

3 Steroid hormone biosynthesis

4 Steroid hormone mechanism of action and metabolism

5 Reproductive genetics

6 Gonadal development in the embryo

7 Phenotypic sex differentiation

8 Gross anatomy of the male reproductive tract

9 Microscopic anatomy of the male reproductive tract

10 Gross anatomy of the female reproductive tract

11 Microscopic anatomy of the female reproductive tract

12 Puberty in boys

13 Puberty in girls

14 Male reproductive physiology

15 The menstrual cycle

16 Human sexual response

17 Fertilization and the establishment of pregnancy

18 Placental structure and function

19 The protein hormones of pregnancy

20 The steroid hormones of pregnancy

21 Maternal adaptations to pregnancy

22 Labour

23 The breast and lactation

24 Menopause

25 Contraception

Part II Human reproductive disorders

26 Abnormalities of male sexual differentiation and development

27 Abnormalities of female sexual differentiation and development

28 Precocious puberty

29 Delayed or absent puberty

30 Primary amenorrhea

31 Secondary amenorrhea

32 Hyperprolactinemia

33 Sexual dysfunction

34 Infertility

35 Multifetal pregnancy

36 Spontaneous pregnancy loss

37 Labour abnormalities

38 Pre-eclampsia

39 Benign and malignant breast disease

40 Testicular tumours

41 Diseases of the prostate

42 Ovarian neoplasms

43 Endometrial cancer

44 Cervical cancer

45 Genetic imprinting and reproductive tract tumours

46 Sexually transmitted diseases of bacterial origin

47 Sexually transmitted diseases of viral origin

48 Syphilis and Human Immunodeficieny Virus (HIV)


Answers to MCQs


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Professor Linda Heffner is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Boston University School of Medicine

Dr Danny Schuster is a Reproductive Endocrinologist in the Department of Health Care, University of Missouri

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"This book fulfils a useful niche within the ‘at a glance series'; indeed, as the title implies, it is a repository of information ... The Reproductive System at a Glance' will be particularly useful for those who want a user-friendly overview of both normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems." (Journal of Anatomy, 2011)


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