The Reproductive System at a Glance 4th Edition PDF

The Reproductive System at a Glance 4th Edition PDF

Download The Reproductive System at a GlanceThe Reproductive System at a Glance is a comprehensive guide to normal reproductive biology and associated pathophysiology in both sexes. Concise, easy to read, and clearly structured, the double-page spreads progress from basic science to clinical abnormalities, and covers endocrine production and action, within one short volume. Chapters on disorders summarise epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment.

The Reproductive System at a Glance:

• Is fully revised and updated throughout to reflect recent developments in practice
• Now features histological and pathological slides to complement the “at a glance” style explanatory illustrations
• Now features radiologic studies to supplement the text in selected chapters
• Contains more detailed coverage of maternal adaptations to pregnancy
• Includes a companion website at featuring self-assessment multiple choice questions, bonus single answer questions and flashcards

The Reproductive System at a Glance is an ideal guide for students studying both endocrine and reproductive subjects, and teaches the foundation concepts for the obstetrics and gynaecology rotation, helping health professionals and students achieve a broad and practical understanding of the topic.

Preface – The Reproductive System at a Glance

Now in its fourth edition, The Reproductive System at a Glance is a comprehensive, easy-to-use collation of all the pertinent information on human reproductive processes and their diseases. The most notable change between this edition and the last is the inclusion of an expanded supplementary material section. This includes multiple choice and short answer questions with detailed answers for each chapter. These questions are designed to help the student/reader determine if he or she has understood the important concepts. New material has been added to expand on normal maternal physiology in pregnancy and several new figures include pathology or radiologic images. All chapters and figures have been updated where new information is available. The book remains divided into two parts. Part 1, which consists of 25 chapters, covers the normal human reproductive tract, continuing on through puberty with the resulting mature male and female anatomy and physiology and finally, procreation, pregnancy and menopause. Part 2, which consists of 23 chapters, covers the pathophysiology of anatomic, physiologic and psychologic disorders that interfere with normal reproductive function or health. Seven of these chapters are devoted to the more common malignancies that involve the reproductive organs. Like its predecessor and the other books in this series, The Reproductive System at a Glance is written so that each topic is confined to a discrete vignette with appropriate illustrations or tables in a double page format. In Part 2, each topic also follows a standard format of a description of the disorder followed by its epidemiology, pathophysiology and, whenever it aids in understanding the disorder, a brief description of the commonly used treatments. Revising a book, while easier than writing the original, remains a major undertaking to which many people contributed. We would like to thank Drs. Elizabeth Stier and David Wang for the helpful reviews on the chapters on human papillomavirus and cervical cancer, and male reproductive disorders, respectively. We would also like to thank the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health residents at the University of Missouri–Columbia for their invaluable help in creating the MCQ study guide questions for this text and Drs. A.J. Enciso, Taylor Hahn, Greg Blair and Megan Morman for help in fashioning MCQ answers and short answer questions and answers. Finally, books never appear in print or on bookshelves without publishers. We would like to thank Elizabeth Johnston, Andrew Hallam and Karen Moore at Wiley Blackwell and also Jan East for assistance in producing this new edition. David Gardner was invaluable in revising old and drawing new figures


Preface 6

Table and figure acknowledgements 7

About the companion website 9

Part 1 Normal human reproduction

1 The pituitary gland and gonadotropins 10

2 Steroid hormone biosynthesis 12

3 Steroid hormone mechanism of action and metabolism 14

4 Reproductive genetics 16

5 Gonadal development in the embryo 18

6 Phenotypic sex differentiation 20

7 Gross anatomy of the male reproductive tract 22

8 Microscopic anatomy of the male reproductive tract 24

9 Gross anatomy of the female reproductive tract 26

10 Microscopic anatomy of the female reproductive tract 28

11 Puberty in boys 30

12 Puberty in girls 32

13 Male reproductive physiology 34

14 The menstrual cycle 36

15 Human sexual response 38

16 Fertilization and the establishment of pregnancy 40

17 Placental structure and function 42

18 The protein hormones of pregnancy 44

19 The steroid hormones of pregnancy 46

20 Maternal adaptations to pregnancy: I 48

21 Maternal adaptations to pregnancy: II 50

22 Labor 52

23 The breast and lactation 54

24 Menopause 56

25 Contraception 58

Part 2 Human reproductive disorders

26 Abnormalities of male sexual differentiation and development 60

27 Abnormalities of female sexual differentiation and development 62

28 Precocious puberty 64

29 Delayed or absent puberty 66

30 Primary amenorrhea 68

31 Secondary amenorrhea 70

32 Hyperprolactinemia 72

33 Sexual dysfunction 74

34 Infertility 76

35 Multifetal pregnancy 78

36 Spontaneous pregnancy loss 80

37 Labor abnormalities 82

38 Pre-eclampsia 84

39 Benign and malignant diseases of the breast 86

40 Testicular tumors 88

41 Diseases of the prostate 90

42 Ovarian neoplasms 92

43 Endometrial cancer 94

44 Cervical cancer 96

45 Genetic imprinting and reproductive tract tumors 98

46 Sexually transmitted diseases of bacterial origin 100

47 Sexually transmitted diseases of viral origin 102

48 The special cases of syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus 104

Index 107


Linda J. Heffner is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Danny J. Schust is David G. Hall Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Columbia, MO, USA 

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