Netter's Atlas of Human Embryology Elsevier eBook on VitalSource
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Netter's Atlas of Human Embryology Elsevier eBook on VitalSource


Here's a rich pictorial review of normal and abnormal human prenatal development. For each body system or region, you'll find a brief description of the developmental plan, with key concepts and terminology, followed by discussions of histological principles, the classification of congenital defects, and basic cellular, molecular, and genetic concepts.  An emphasis on morphological patterns in the embryo and fetus makes it easy to understand the structure and function of the adult body and the embryonic basis of birth defects.

·         Summary tables and terminology sections at the end of each chapter, plus an appendix with all major congenital defects and their embryonic basis, make it easy to review course material and prepare for the USMLE.

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Chapter 1

An Overview of Developmental Events, Processes, and Abnormalities . 1

The First and Second Weeks. 2

The Embryonic Period

The Early Embryonic Period. 3

The Late Embryonic Period. 4

The Fetal Period. 5

Histological Concepts

Samples of Epithelia and Connective Tissue . 6

Skin and Embryonic Connective Tissue. 7

Induction. 8

Apoptosis . 9

Segmentation and Early Pattern Formation

Genetic Determination of Embryonic Axes and Segments. 10

Segmentation and Segment Fates. 11

Cell Adhesion and Cell Migration. 12

Cell Differentiation and Cell Fates . 13

Growth Factors. 14

Classification of Abnormal Processes . 15

Classification of Multiple Anomalies. 16

Normal Versus Major Versus Minor Malformations . 17

Marfan Syndrome. 18

Apert and De Lange Syndromes. 19

Examples of Deformations . 20

Example of a Deformation Sequence . 21

Drug-Induced Embryopathies. 22

Terminology. 23

Chapter 2

Early Embryonic Development and the Placenta . 27

Adult Uterus, Ovaries, and Uterine Tubes . 28

Ovary, Ova, and Follicle Development . 29

The Menstrual Cycle and Pregnancy. 30

The First Week: .

Ovulation, Fertilization and Migration Down the Uterine Tube. 31

Ectopic Pregnancy. 32

Tubal Pregnancy. 33

Interstitial, Abdominal, and Ovarian Pregnancy. 34

The Second Week: .

Implantation and Extraembryonic Membrane Formation. 35

The Third Week: Gastrulation. 36

Events Related to Gastrulation:.

Neurulation and Early Placenta and Coelom Development . 37

The Fourth Week: Folding of the Gastrula . 38

The Vertebrate Body Plan. 39

Formation of the Placenta. 40

The Endometrium and Fetal Membranes. 41

Placental Structure . 42

External Placental Structure; Placental Membrane. 43

Placental Variations . 44

Placenta Previa. 45

Summary of Ectodermal Derivatives. 46

Summary of Endodermal Derivatives . 47

Summary of Mesodermal Derivatives. 48

Terminology. 49

Chapter 3

The Nervous System. 51

Formation of the Neural Plate. 52

Neurulation. 53

Neural Tube and Neural Crest . 54

Neural Tube Defects

Defects of the Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column. 55

Defects of the Brain and Skull. 56

Neuron Development. 57

Development of the Cellular Sheath of Axons . 58

Development of the Spinal Cord Layers. 59

Development of the Spinal Cord. 60

Peripheral Nervous System

Development of the Peripheral Nervous System. 61

Somatic Versus Splanchnic Nerves . 62

Growth of the Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column. 63

Embryonic Dermatomes. 64

Adult Dermatomes . 65

Development of the Brain

Early Brain Development. 66

Further Development of Forebrain, Midbrain, and Hindbrain. 67

Development of Major Brain Structures. 68

Growth of the Cerebral Hemispheres. 69

Derivatives of the Forebrain, Midbrain, and Hindbrain . 70

Development of the Forebrain

Forebrain Wall and Ventricles. 71

Relationship Between Telencephalon and Diencephalon . 72

Cross Sections of the Midbrain and Hindbrain. 73

Production of Cerebrospinal Fluid . 74

Development of Motor Nuclei in the Brainstem. 75

Segmentation of the Hindbrain. 76

Development of the Pituitary Gland. 77

Development of the Ventricles. 78

Congenital Ventricular Defects. 79

Terminology. 80

Chapter 4

The Cardiovascular System. 83

Early Vascular Systems. 84

Vein Development

Early Development of the Cardinal Systems . 85

Transformation to the Postnatal Pattern. 86


Larry R. Cochard, PhD, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA


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