Fetal Growth and Development

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Richard Harding, Alan D. Bocking
Cambridge University Press, May 24, 2001 - Medical - 284 pages
The fetus occupies a critical phase during human development. It is at this stage when the body systems that will support us throughout our lives begin to face up to the challenge of life outside the womb. While the fetus can demonstrate a remarkably robust response to challenges in the uterus, it is also an exquisitely sensitive phase of development. It is now well recognized that disturbances to the materno-fetal environment can influence and even undermine our state of health well into adulthood. This exciting new publication provides a valuable insight into fetal growth and development across all the main body systems, and examines the influence of the materno-fetal environment on adult-onset diseases. This text contains additional chapters on the embryo, placenta, and parturition, to insure that this is a fully self-contained introduction. This book is written by world-renowned experts from leading centers of excellence and will be an invaluable introduction for students of medicine, reproductive biology, and human biology.
 

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Contents

Development of the embryo
1
Development and function of the placenta
17
Growth and metabolism
44
Cardiovascular system
70
Fluid balance
94
Respiratory system
114
Digestive system
137
Nervous and neuromuscular systems
154
Endocrine functions
186
Sexual differentiation and development of the reproductive organs
207
Maternal adaptation to pregnancy
224
Parturition
241
Index
267
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