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Langman's Medical Embryology 11th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781790697
ISBN-10: 0781790697
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Product Details

  • Series: Langman's Medical Embryology
  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 11 edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781790697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781790697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth Saladin on August 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I needed to build an embryology reference library for my own writing purposes, and bought three books at once from Amazon.com: Sadler, Moore & Persaud (The Developing Human, ISBN 0-7216-6974-3), and Larsen (Essentials of Human Embryology, ISBN 0-443-07514-X). Of the three, I keep gravitating toward Sadler as the most useful.
Although the other two are beneficial for more detailed accounts, Sadler gives the quickest and clearest grasp of the essential points. Sadler and Larsen write with more lucid prose and have a clearer conceptual flow than Moore & Persaud, but Sadler has the advantage of brevity for readers who do not need the minutiae.
Sadler also outshines the other two books in the clarity and color schemes of the line art (although not in number of illustrations). The art and photography in this book make the complex 3-dimensional changes of embryology as easy to visualize as one could hope. I find the pink and yellow color scheme in much of Moore & Persaud's line art, and the pink cast of many of the fetal photographs, unappealing.
Larsen is the only one of these books with a glossary. Sadler and Moore are the only ones with clinical case studies to test the reader's insight and problem-solving ability; both offer an appendix of solutions to the clinical problems. All three books have clinical application sidebars or chapter sections. The clinical applications in Moore are especially numerous, perhaps even to the point of distraction as they sometimes overshadow the main text. All three books have bibliographies for further reading on each chapter, with the larger Larsen and Moore books offering somewhat more references than Sadler.
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By A Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This textbook, now in its 8th edition is a classic. It is extensive and rather than giving a simple step by step account of development (although this is provided in nice tables at the front of the book) it encompasses a more scientific explanation than is found in other embryology texts. It is fairly wordy, but it is easy to pick out relevent information and diagrams are excellent, being numerous, well labelled and easy to understand. This textbook, which is both easy to understand and extensive makes it an excellent buy both for a medical student just beginning embryology, and later on when a more detail may be needed. The book has beautiful photographs which captivate the reader, and there are also nice clinical boxes which break up the text nicely and are also accompanied by photographs. At the end of each chapter are problem solving exercises for which answers are provided at the end of each chapter. This is the embryology textbook to buy. I wouldn't recommend any other. It will keep you company through medical school and beyond.
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By A Customer on January 11, 2003
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I first bought Moore & Persaud's Embryology for the colorful pictures and the easy-to-read font but I soon realised that although the illustrations were good for those of us that depend on a pictorial memory, the text that accompanied it didn't completely explain some of the more complicated concepts and a few of the pictures are also apparently incorrect. I started falling back when everyone with Larsen seemed to love Embryo and I hated it 4 weeks into session. I then got myself a Larsen but soon realised that it too wasn't the book for me (although I know many that swear by it). Larsen, I found was very repetitive and I'd often find myself reading a near-identical paragraph two pages on from one I'd just read. I also found that Larsen tends to deviate from a topic through his paragraphs and talks about other things that would happen at that particular stage of development (which is good in some cases but gets annoying when you'd like to take one structure and follow it through from the beginning to the end without being confused by OTHER things that are happening at the same time) I then stumbled across Langman in the histology lab when I saw the lab assistant using it. Since I found myself once again confused with Embryo, I bought a Langman while on holiday in Sri Lanka for half the price and never looked back. Langman clearly compartmentalizes the topics and minimizes deviating onto other structures while describing the development one concerned unless it is directly relevant. I found it much clearer and easier to understand. Unlike the clutter of images that Larsen would leave in my head, Langman left a smooth chain of thought which was easy to recall. I also found that Langman's summaries at the end of each chapter (although not being as comprehensive as Larsen's) were still pretty good.Read more ›
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So this is my book for my medical embryology course that I am taking right now, and I am extremely happy that I had an undergrad developmental biology course! It would be a pretty good book (3-4 stars) if it didn't contain an average of 4 mistakes per chapter (seriously). For example, in chapter 3, the secondary follicle is (wrongly) called a preantral follicle in a figure caption. In the text, the primary follicle is called a preantral follicle (which is correct). If you didn't know already, this book would just confuse you. In chapter 5, figure 5-4 will confuse you because figure 5-4b and 5-4c are reversed, both in the figure and in the caption. The effect of this error is a major one, leading you to believe that notochord development happens in a caudal to cranial direction when in fact it occurs in a cranial to caudal direction. In the text, it is stated correctly. Once again, if you don't know any better, you are just going to get confused by this book. Somatic and splanchnic mesoderm are confused by the author, an elementary mistake. Also, the editors must have been overly concerned with keeping the book small because the glossary of key terms doesn't even have definitions for primordial, primary, and secondary follicles, mesentery, and peritoneum. That is horrible for an embryology book and ends up costing you more time looking up definitions that aren't there. The dictionary should be abandoned. Also, even bolded words such as alpha-fetoprotein are left out of the INDEX. Piss-poor for a book in its tenth edition, and the sad thing is, this is supposed to be the best medical embryology text out there. . . .

Aside from the obvious lack of effort in editing, this book has several good things about it.
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