Embryogenesis: Species, Gender, and Identity

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North Atlantic Books, 2000 - Science - 929 pages
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Embryogenesis is an unusual book in that it brings together a highly illustrated, practical embryology book in simple language, perfect for health practitioners, with a fascinating read on the history and philosophy of biological science. It discusses the various stages of embryonic development (meiosis, fertilization, blastula development, and gastrulation, and then the embryology of each of the human organs and organ systems in detail). It puts each of them in context, both in terms of its phylogeny: the evolutionary trajectory of cell-organized systems on Earth, and its ontogeny: the formation of individual organisms in the modern world.

There are 24 color plates, many of them commissioned uniquely for this volume, and several hundred black and white illustrations. The book is 950 pages hardcover, 8-1/2 by 10.

Chapters include:
The Original Earth;
The Materials of Life;
The First Beings;
The Cell;
The Genetic Code;
Sperm and Egg;
The Blastula;
Biological Fields;
Chaos, Fractals, and Deep Structure;
Ontogeny and Phylogeny; and Biotechnology.
The Origin of the Nervous System;
The Evolution of Intelligence;
Neurulation and the Human Brain;
The Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Systems;
The Origin of Sexuality and Gender.
Transsexuality, Intersexuality, and the Cultural Basis of Gender;
Self and Desire;
Cosmogenesis and Mortality

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i started reading a friends copy of this book about 8 years ago. today i'm researching from the book for her. i bought my own copy a few months ago, so i could continue reading the whole thing and use it as a reference. i was right to do that!
it takes me a long time to read a page. it takes a long time to summarize an idea...
it took Richard decades to write. it's hard to believe this is only the second review.

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About the author (2000)

A graduate of Amherst College, Richard Grossinger received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, writing an ethnography of fishing in Maine. He is the author of many books, a portion of which is listed below:

Planet Medicine
Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings
The Night Sky
Homeopathy: The Great Riddle
New Moon
Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's

He and his wife Lindy Hough are the founding publishers of North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, California.

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