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This anatomical atlas concentrates on the early weeks of prenatal development of the human embryo and has some of the most beautiful photos of early development ever produced. It comprises more than 800 scanning electron-microscopic pictures of human embryos. The three-dimensional appearing photographs show the development of the external form of the face, neck, trunk and limbs. Also included are the brain and the viscera of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis (all dissected into layers) which 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.
Gerd Steding is the former Head of the Department of Embryology and Professor of Anatomy at the University of Gottingen in Germany. He was deeply influenced by his colleague, Eric Blechschmidt and has dedicated this book to him.