Netter's Atlas of Human Embryology,
Edition 2
By Larry R. Cochard, PhD and Angelique N. Dueñas

Publication Date: 16 Jan 2024
Illustrated by the world-renowned Frank H. Netter, MD and artists working in his tradition, Netter's Atlas of Human Embryology, 2nd Edition, provides a rich pictorial overview of human prenatal development. For each stage of development and for each body system, you'll find a brief description of the developmental plan, with key concepts and terminology, followed by discussions of histological principles, the classification of congenital anomalies, and basic cellular, molecular, and genetic concepts. An emphasis on morphological patterns in the embryo and fetus makes it easy to understand the structure and function of the adult body and the embryonic basis of natural variation as well as birth anomalies.

Key Features

  • Uses vibrant, high-quality illustrations and concise text to teach key points quickly, effectively, and memorably.
  • Includes new Inclusionary Consideration Points that detail key information such as differences between sex and gender—particularly for the embryology of sex determination; and perspectives on disability and disability advocacy—including person-first vs. identity-first language; plus new illustrations with more diversity and better representation of skin tones, sex, and body habitus.
  • Discusses topics new to this edition, including Conjoined Twins, Early Detection of Pregnancy, Exstrophy of the Bladder, Genetic Sex Variations, Congenital Limb Anomalies, Holoprosencephaly, and more.
  • Provides expanded coverage of clinical correlations and congenital anomalies and new Clinical Notes boxes throughout.
  • Contains summary tables and terminology sections at the end of each chapter, plus an appendix with all major congenital anomalies and their embryonic basis, making it easy to review course material and prepare for the USMLE.
  • An eBook version is included with purchase. The eBook allows you to access all of the text, figures and references, with the ability to search, make notes and highlights, and have content read aloud.

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About the author
By Larry R. Cochard, PhD, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA and Angelique N. Dueñas
Table of Contents
1 Overview of Developmental Events, Processes, and Anomalies
2 Early Embryonic Development and the Placenta
3 The Nervous System
4 The Cardiovascular System
5 The Respiratory System
6 The Gastrointestinal System and Abdominal Wall
7 The Urogenital System
8 The Musculoskeletal System
9 Head and Neck
Appendix: Summary of Common Congenital Anomalies Throughout the Body and their Embryonic Causes
Book details
ISBN: 9780443117619
Page Count: 320
Illustrations : 236 illustrations (236 in full color)
Retail Price : £55.99
Medical students, anatomy/embryology students in health profession or undergrad courses.