The Placenta: From Development to Disease

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Helen Kay, MD, D. Michael Nelson, MD, Yuping Wang, MD
Wiley, Apr 18, 2011 - Medical - 360 pages
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The Placenta - friend not foe

The placenta is central to the survival of the fetus. Placental dysfunction, whether from disease or maldevelopment, therefore threatens the fetus and its mother. Disruption to normal placental function can disrupt fetal development in ways that are not apparent until long after birth. The crucial role of the placenta for fetal well being, the developmental origins of human adult disease and cardiovascular health and maternal placental syndromes is now being unravelled.

"The Placenta: From Development to Disease" examines research into placental function and its clinical implications to provide a springboard for improving clinical practice and enhancing medical research. Influential information is extracted from the compelling narrative by the use of 'take home' features including: Clinical Pearls - point to important issues in clinical practiceResearch Spotlights - highlight key insights into placental understandingTeaching Points - explain basic concepts for novice readers

"The Placenta: From Development to Disease" is ideal for both experienced clinicians and researchers and those new to the field. Anyone who needs to understand the central importance of the placenta in the well being of their maternal and fetal patients should read this book.

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About the author (2011)

Helen Kay, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

D. Michael Nelson, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Yuping Wang, MD, PhD, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Shreveport, LA, USA

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