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The Physiology of Reproduction, vols 1 & 2

Alan S. Penzias, MD
JAMA. 1994;272(19):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520190098048.
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Editors-in-chief Ernst Knobil and Jimmy Neill and associate editors Gilbert Greenwald, Clement Markert, and Donald Pfaff, taking on the mammoth task of updating and revising their classic two-volume textbook The Physiology of Reproduction, have produced an extraordinary new edition that stands alone among its peers. The first edition, published in 1988, adroitly partitioned the subject of human and nonhuman mammalian reproduction into logical sections and chapters spanning 2413 pages. Six years have passed between editions, and in the research community six years is an eternity, as reflected in the prediction "If the exponential increase [in medical knowledge] seen in the decades 1950 through 1970 continues, then at some time during the next century Index Medicus will be growing faster than the generally accepted rate for the expansion of the universe."1

The new edition has ably incorporated the changes in our understanding of reproduction. There are seven new chapters among


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