Before We Are Born, 9th Edition

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Before We Are Born, 9th Edition


As the study of embryology continues to be integrated with a range of disciplines, Before We Are Born remains the ideal solution for students who need to quickly learn the basics. Fully updated by the world’s foremost embryologists, this medical reference book provides concise guidance on human embryology at every stage of development, utilizing rich illustrations and photographs designed to further explain content.

    • Understand all of the latest advances in embryology, including normal and abnormal embryogenesis, causes of birth defects, and the role of genes in human development.
    • See how discoveries in molecular biology have affected clinical practice, including the development of sophisticated new techniques such as recumbent DNA technology and stem cell manipulation.
    • Prepare for the USMLE Step 1 with clinical case presentations, highlighted in special boxes, which demonstrate how embryology concepts relate to clinical practice.
      • Quickly review just the embryology information you need to know, masterfully distilled from the popular book The Developing Human, written by the same author team.
      • Understand the complex concepts inherent in embryology with help from streamlined content, didactic illustrations, and clinical photos.
      • Test your knowledge with brand-new review questions at the end of each chapter.
      • Searchable, portable, shareable, and perpetual, this Student Consult title offers enhanced features that allow you to interact with your content like never before.

      1 - Introduction to Human Development

      Importance of and Advances in Embryology

      Descriptive Terms

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      2 - Human Reproduction

      Reproductive Organs

      Female Reproductive Organs

      Male Reproductive Organs





      Comparison of Male and Female Gametes

      Female Reproductive Cycles

      Ovarian Cycle

      Menstrual Cycle

      Transportation of Gametes

      Oocyte Transport

      Sperm Transport

      Maturation of Sperms

      Viability of Oocytes and Sperms

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      3 - First Week of Human Development


      Phases of Fertilization

      Results of Fertilization

      Cleavage of Zygote

      Formation of Blastocyst

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      4 - Second Week of Human Development

      Formation of Amniotic Cavity, Embryonic Disc, and Umbilical Vesicle

      Development of Chorionic Sac

      Implantation Sites of Blastocytes

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      5 - Third Week of Human Development

      Gastrulation: Formation of Germ Layers

      Primitive Streak

      Notochordal Process and Notochord

      Neurulation: Formation of the Neural Tube

      Neural Plate and Neural Tube

      Neural Crest Formation

      Development of Somites

      Development of Intraembryonic Coelom

      Early Development of Cardiovascular System

      Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis

      Development of Chorionic Villi

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      6 - Fourth to Eighth Weeks of Human Development

      Folding of Embryo

      Head and Tail Folds

      Lateral Folds

      Germ Layer Derivatives

      Control of Embryonic Development

      Estimation of Embryonic Age

      Highlights of the Fourth to Eighth Weeks

      Fourth Week

      Fifth Week

      Sixth Week

      Seventh Week

      Eighth Week

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      7 - Fetal Period: The Ninth Week to Birth

      Highlights of Fetal Period

      Nine to Twelve Weeks

      Thirteen to Sixteen Weeks

      Seventeen to Twenty Weeks

      Twenty-One to Twenty-Five Weeks

      Twenty-Six to Twenty-Nine Weeks

      Thirty to Thirty-Eight Weeks

      Expected Date of Delivery

      Factors Influencing Fetal Growth

      Procedures for Assessing Fetal Status


      Diagnostic Amniocentesis

      Chorionic Villus Sampling

      Cell Cultures

      Percutaneous Umbilical Cord Blood Sampling

      Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      Fetal Monitoring

      Alpha-Fetoprotein Assay

      Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis

      Neonatal Period

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      8 – Placenta and Fetal Membranes



      Development of Placenta

      Fetomaternal Junction

      Intervillous Space

      Amniochorionic Membrane

      Placental Circulation


      Stages of Labor

      Placenta and Fetal membranes after Birth

      Umbilical Cord

      Amnion and Amniotic Fluid

      Significance of Amniotic Fluid

      Umbilical Vesicle

      Significance of Umbilical Vesicle


      Multiple Pregnancies

      Twins and Fetal Membranes

      Other Types of Multiple Births

      Clinically Oriented Questions

      9 - Body Cavities, Mesenteries, and Diaphragm

      Embryonic Body Cavity


      Division of Embryonic Body Cavity

      Development of Diaphragm

      Septum Transversum

      Pleuroperitoneal Membranes

      Dorsal Mesentery of Esophagus

      Muscular Ingrowth from Lateral Body Walls

      Positional Change

      Keith L. Moore, BA, MSc, PhD, DSc, FIAC, FRSM, FAAA, Professor Emeritus, Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Former Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Associate Dean for Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Former Professor and Head of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, T. V. N. Persaud, MD, PhD, DSc, FRCPath (Lond.), FAAA, Professor Emeritus and Former Head, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science; Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health; Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Professor of Anatomy, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies and Mark G. Torchia, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Development, Department of Surgery, Associate Professor, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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