Textbook of Clinical Embryology has been carefully planned for the first year medical and dental students. It follows the revised anatomy curriculum of the Medical Council of India. Following the current trends of clinically oriented study of Anatomy, I have adopted a parallel approach of imparting basic embryological knowledge to students and simultaneously providing them its applied aspects. To help students score high in examinations the text is written in simple language. It is arranged in easily understandable small sections. While embryological details of little clinical relevance, phylogenetic discussions, and comparative analogies have been either omitted or described in brief, all clinically important topics are described in detail. Because of increasingly significant role of molecular biology and genetics in embryology and study of birth defects, the basic molecular and genetic principles are discussed throughout the text. In addition, a separate chapter on medical genetics has been added. The tables and flowcharts given in the book summarize important and complex information into digestible knowledge capsules. Multiple choice questions have been given chapter-by-chapter at the end of the book to test the level of understanding and memory recall of the students. The numerous simple four-color illustrations and clinical photographs further assist in fast comprehension and retention of complicated information. All the illustrations are drawn by the author himself to ensure accuracy. Throughout the preparation of this book one thing I have kept in mind is that thorough knowledge of embryology is required by Clinicians, especially Gynecologists, Pediatricians, and Pediatric Surgeons for physical examination, prenatal diagnostic tests, and surgical procedures.
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