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.
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.
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.