Book - The Elements of Embryology - Volume 1

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Foster M. Balfour FM. Sedgwick A. and Heape W. The Elements of Embryology (1883) Vol. 1. (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan and Co.

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Preface to the Second Edition

Sir Michael Foster (1836 – 1907)

WHEN this little work first appeared, it was put forward as a Part I, to be followed by other Parts. That plan was however soon abandoned. Nevertheless the volume seemed to have a place of its own ; and my dear lost friend undertook to prepare a second edition, intending to add some account of the development of the Mammal with a view of making the work an elementary introduction to vertebrate embryology more particularly suited for medical students. He was occupied with the task at the time of his sad death; and indeed a melancholy interest is attached to some of the sheets, by the fact that he had taken them to Switzerland with him, on that fatal journey.

All the first part up to p. 160 he had passed for press ; and he had further revised up to about p. 202. The whole of the rest of the volume has been undertaken by Mr Adam Sedgwick and Mr Walter Heape. They have attempted to carry out as far as possible what we believe to have been Balfour's views, and trust that the public will judge leniently of their efforts to perform a difficult task. I have myself been able to do no more than offer general advice from time to time; and though it has not been thought advisable to change the title, the merits as well as the responsibilities of the latter part of the work must rest with them.


M. FOSTER.

TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,

March, 1883.


Volume 1 - The History of the Chick

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  1. The structure of the hen's egg, and the changes which take place up to the beginning of incubation
  2. A brief summary of the whole history of incubation
  3. The changes which take place during the first day of incubation
  4. The changes which take place during the first half of the second day
  5. The changes which take place during the second half of the second day
  6. The changes which take place during the third day
  7. The changes which take place during the fourth day
  8. The changes which take place on the fifth day
  9. From the sixth day to the end of incubation
  10. Appendix
  11. Figures as Gallery

Volume 2 - The History of the Mammalian Embryo

Francis Balfour (1851 - 1882)
  1. General Development of the Embryo
  2. Embryonic Membranes and Yolk-Sac
  3. Organs from Epiblast
  4. Organs from Mesoblast
  5. Alimentary Canal
  6. Appendix
  7. Figures as Gallery


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