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The Anatomy of the Human Embryo

A Scanning Electron-Microscopic Atlas

Steding G. (Göttingen) 

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Publication year: 2009
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'This is an extraordinary book. It follows a pictorial journey along human development visualised through high resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the human embryo. ...

There are some 818 images in total. All are of extremely high quality with no artefact or flaws evident reflecting a consistently outstanding level of technical skill. This is indeed an exceptional production which is the culmination of a substantial and sustained body of work. The author is to be highly commended for this utterly unique contribution.

The book will be of major interest to embryologists and developmental biologists both as a resource and as a powerful teaching tool. However I would strongly encourage anyone who has even a broad interest in human biology to look over this work as it is unlikely to be bettered in the foreseeable future.'

AE Woods, Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia
Australian Journal of Medical Science 32/1/2011
'The clarity of presentation makes the book's illustrations accessible to nonspecialists, general readers, and students as well. The book can also function as a reference for clinicians such as obstetricians or pediatric surgeons.'

Shannon Hendrickson, Associate Editior, Book News Inc., Portland OR, USA
SciTech Book News, June 2009

'Tout embryologiste sait combien il est utile de pouvoir identifier les étapes du développement de son modèle d'élection à l'aide d'un atlas morphologique. Comme il n'en existe pas jusqu'à présent, ce livre vient à point nommé, alors que les recherches sur l'embryon humain sont à l'ordre du jour. La présentation, luxueuse, s'appuie sur des schémas qui permettent d'identifier les structures visibles sur les photographies.
... cet atlas qui compile un matériel rare, difficile à collecter, impeccablement préparé et superbement photographié, rendra de précieux services.'

Françoise Dieterlen
Journal de la Société de Biologie 203/2/09
Outstanding pictures providing precious insights into prenatal human development
The present anatomical atlas concentrates on the early weeks of prenatal development of the human embryo. It comprises more than 800 scanning electron-microscopic pictures of specimens of exclusively human embryos. The three-dimensional appearing illustrations show the development of the external form of the face, neck, trunk and limbs. Besides, the brain and the viscera of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis - all dissected into layers - are represented in their position and spatial form.

The juxtaposition of pictures of temporally close developmental stages reveals the changes in the form of the organs. Photographs of the same organic system are usually shown at the same magnification and clearly demonstrate the growth process. Simple outline drawings provided with the principal nomenclature facilitate the orientation within the specimens. A brief introduction to each chapter explains the most significant developmental steps depicted.

This atlas is of great interest not only to anatomists, embryologists, histologists and developmental biologists, but also to biologists, biochemists and geneticists. Moreover, it serves as a valuable reference book for clinicians such as gynecologists, obstetricians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric cardiologists.