This symposium presents the most advanced available interpretation of comparative oviductal structure and function based upon modern technology. Distinguished investigators from various disciplines eliminate misconceptions arising from a wealth of folklore about the fallopian tubes and shatter current theories unsupported by sound scientific evidence. A tremendous literature survey, coupled with experienced writing and skilled editing, makes this book an important contribution. More than 1,800 pertinent references on some 1,000 aspects of mammalian reproduction provide a strong basis on which young investigators may launch research careers.
In the 21 chapters, all authors raise fundamental questions and expose our knowledge gaps concerning the structure, embryology, physiology, endocrinology, pharmacology, biochemistry, immunology, and pathology of oviduct tissues, fluids, and eggs. Blandau documents with cinematography the mysterious manner in which newly ovulated eggs go from the site of follicular rupture to the oviduct ostium. However, biological generalizations as to the mechanism of gamete transport in