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Recognized authorities, mainly from Europe, present an important survey on the fetus and placenta as a functional unit. Few areas of medical research offer a better opportunity for cooperation between anatomists, biochemists, pathologists, endocrinologists, pediatricians, and obstetricians. Effective writing and expert editing integrate more than 2,000 references into a synoptic view of current thinking on human pregnancy. Each review appraises yesterday's achievements with a sharp eye on tomorrow's possible discoveries, while many fruitful hypotheses invite experimental verification.
Ignorance about the dynamic relationships between the uterus, placenta, and fetus constitutes a poor background for solving obstetrical problems. The reader receives a broad panorama of evidence for evaluating both sides of critical questions as well as a philosophy behind an experimental approach. Topics include: placental morphology, pathology, enzymology, transfer, and assessment of function; growth and vasculature of the conceptus; steroid and protein hormones of pregnancy; fetal endocrinology.
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