This monumental two-volume set is a continuation of the three editions of Sex and Internal Secretions, the first being published in 1932. This work, containing 2633 pages and prepared by 99 leading authorities who provided more than 25 000 references, is destined to become the standard reference in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, and reproductive behavior.
Specialization in research has reached a point where an authoritative discourse requires a highly selected group effort. In reviewing the list of contributors, we find many of the names of those who have participated in the spectacular pace of progress in this field during the past few decades.
Volume 1 begins with detailed accounts of the male and female gametes, including sex determination, spermatozoa and ova and their transport to the site of fertilization, embryogenesis, implantation, and placentation. This is followed by a detailed presentation of the 20th-century research on the male and female gonads, including