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Human reproductive biology
Jones, Richard E. (Richard Evan), 1940-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
xix, 581 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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QP251 .J636 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This text, emphasizing the biological and biomedical aspects of human reproduction, covers the recent advances in reproductive science as well as the choices and concerns that are part of every day life. Discussion is provided on various topics including: treatments for PMS; anabolic steroids; high-tech infertility treatments; hormones and brain sex; sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS; the evolution of human mating systems; and hormone replacement therapies.

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Choice Review

Jones's book fills a void left between texts in human sexuality that focus primarily on the psychological and sociological aspects of human reproductive interactions, and those in reproductive physiology that consider in great detail the molecular and cellular biology of reproduction. His book is a good overview, in one place, of human reproductive anatomy and physiological/developmental processes, at a level which can be understood and effectively used by readers without an extensive natural sciences background. Indeed, Jones notes in the preface that information " . . . in this book [has] been integrated and understood by hundreds of undergraduate students without a previous college background in biology." An introductory chapter is followed by 4 parts: Part 1: Male and Female Reproductive Systems (5 chapters); Part 2: Procreation (6 chapters); Part 3: Medical Aspects of Human Reproduction (4 chapters); and Part 4: Human Sexual Behavior (3 chapters). Each chapter is followed by from 6 to 50 references for further reading. Besides the specific section considering medical aspects, each chapter contains information of clinical concern (e.g., pseudohermaphroditism, cryptorchid testes, ectopic pregnancy). This book is of interest, and of use, to a wide audience, community college level and above.-L. A. Meserve, Bowling Green State University

Table of Contents

The Adult Female and Male Reproductive Systems: The Brain and Pituitary Gland
The Female Reproductive System
The Menstrual Cycle
The Male Reproductive System: Sexual Development
Sexual Differentiation
Procreation: Gamete Transport and Fertilization
Labor and Birth
The Neonate
Artificial Control of Fertility: Contraception
Induced Abortion
Population Growth and Family Planning
Human Sexual Behavior: The Human Sexual Response
Patterns of Human Sexual Behavior
Brain Sex
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Subject Index