Historic Embryology Textbooks
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- You are just starting your studies and trying to understand basic embryology and development concepts.
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This means you have attended some lectures and practical classes, worked through some of the site notes pages, or studied an embryology textbook. I would still suggest caution when approaching historic material, be sure that you understand the current embryology theories. General observations of how long development takes and the appearance of the human and animal models embryos at different times will not have changed!
Historic images are generally more accurate than some of the accompanying notes pages where the images appear. Some of the labeled structures may have historic names that have been updated or changed in current descriptions, if in doubt use the Glossary. You may also note how many of the textbook images have been based upon some of these historic drawing.
- You have a good understanding of embryology and development concepts.
This means that you not only understand, but can also explain clearly to others key developmental concepts. This also implies you understand the differences between recent findings, current controversies and research directions. Now is the time to confidently look back through the historic materials.
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1774 Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrada
1833 Embryologie ou ovologie humaine
|Velpeau A. Embryology or human ovology: containing the descriptive and iconographic history of the human egg (Embryologie ou ovologie humaine : contenant l'histoire descriptive et iconographique de l'oeuf humain) (1833)|
1883 - The Elements of Embryology
|The Elements of Embryology 1883
1 Chicken : Hen's egg and the beginning of incubation | Whole history of incubation | day 1 of incubation | first half of day 2 | second half of day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | day 5 | day 6-21 | Appendix | Figures as Gallery
1885 - The Works of Francis Balfour
Foster M. and Sedgwick A. The Works of Francis Balfour Vol. I. Separate Memoirs (1885) MacMillan and Co., London.
Foster M. and Sedgwick A. The Works of Francis Balfour Vol. II. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology 1. (1885) MacMillan and Co., London.
Foster M. and Sedgwick A. The Works of Francis Balfour Vol. III. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology 2 (1885) MacMillan and Co., London.
Foster M. and Sedgwick A. The Works of Francis Balfour Vol. IV. Plates (1885) MacMillan and Co., London.
1887 - An Introduction to the Study of Embryology
Haddon An Introduction to the Study of Embryology. (1887) P. Blakiston, Son & Co., Philadelphia.
1888 - Atlas d'Embryologie
Duval M. Atlas d'embryologie (1889) G. Masson, Libraire De L'académie De Médecine Paris, France.
1892 - Text-Book of the Embryology of Man and Mammals
1893 - Vertebrate Embryology: A Text-book for Students and Practitioners
Marshall AM. Vertebrate Embryology: A Text-book for Students and Practitioners. (1893) Elder Smith & Co., London.
|Vertebrate Embryology 1893: 1 Introduction | 2 Amphioxus | 3 Frog | 4 Chick | 5 The Rabbit | 6 Human Embryo | Illustrations|
1893 - Uterine and Tubal Gestation
Bandler SW. Uterine and Tubal Gestation (1893) William Wood & Company, New York.
A study of the embedding and development of the human ovum, the early growth of the embryo, and the development of the syncytium and placental gland.
|Uterine and Tubal Gestation 1893: 1 Uterine Gestation | 2 Tubal Gestation | 3 Ovarian and Placental Secretion|
1895 - An Atlas of the Fertilization and Karyokinesis of the Ovum
Wilson EB. and Leaming E. An atlas of the fertilization and karyokinesis of the ovum. (1895) Macmillan and Co., London.
1896 - The Cell in Development and Inheritance
This textbook by E. B. Wilson was released as a first edition in 1896 and continued to be released from 1900 as second edition through to 1922.
Wilson EB. The Cell in Development and Inheritance. Second edition (1900) New York, 1900.
|Cell development and inheritance (1900): Introduction | List of Figures | Chapter I General Sketch of the Cell | Chapter II Cell-division | Chapter III The Germ-cells | Chapter IV Fertilization of the Ovum | Chapter V Reduction of the Chromosomes, Oogenesis and Spermatogenesis | Chapter VI Some Problems of Cell-organization | Chapter VII Some Aspects of Cell-chemistry and Cell-physiology | Chapter VIII Cell-division and Development | Chapter IX Theories of Inheritance and Development | Glossary|
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1897 - Human Embryology
by Charles Sedgwick Minot (1897)
New York; The Macmillan Company
1897 The Development of the Frog's Egg
|An Introduction to Experimental Embryology
Morgan TH. The development of the frog's egg: an introduction to experimental embryology. (1897) The Macmillan Co. London.
1900 - Chemical Embryology
Needham J. Chemical Embryology Vol. 1. (1900)
Needham J. Chemical Embryology Vol. 2. (1900)
1902 - Human Embryology and Morphology
|Human Embryology and Morphology by Arthur Keith (1902)
1903 - A Laboratory Text-Book of Embryology
|A Laboratory Text-Book of Embryology: 1. General Conceptions | 2. Early Development of Mammals | 3. Human Embryo | 4. Pig Embryos | 5. Chick Embryos | 6. Blastodermic Vesicle and Ovum Segmentation | 7. Uterus and the Foetal Appendages in Man | 8. Methods | Figures | Second edition | Category:Charles Minot|
Republished in a revised second edition in 1917.
|A Laboratory Text-Book of Embryology: 1. General Conceptions | 2. Early Development of Mammals | 3. Human Embryo | 4. Pig Embryos | 5. Chick Embryos | 6. Blastodermic Vesicle and Ovum Segmentation | 7. Uterus and the Foetal Appendages in Man | 8. Methods | Figures | First edition | Category:Charles Minot|
1903 - Uterine and Tubal Gestation
A Study of the Embedding and Development of the Human Ovum, the Early Growth of the Embryo, and the Development of the Syncytium and Placental Gland
Bandler SW. Uterine and tubal gestation. (1903) William Wood & Company, New York.
|Uterine and Tubal Gestation (1903): Part I. The Essentials of Uterine Gestation I. The Processes Antedating Uterine Gestation | II. The Embedding of the Ovum in the Guinea-Pig | III. The Embedding of the Human Ovum | IV. The Early Development of the Human Ovum | V. The Trophoblast in the Ova of Animals | VI. The Trophoblast of the Human Ovum | VII. The Further Development of the Human Ovum | VIII. The Chorionic Villi | IX. The Membrana Chorii | X. The Blood-Forming Function of the Trophoblast | XI. The Further Development of the Uterine Placenta | XII. The Placenta | XIII. The Umbilical Vessels and Cord | XIV. Gross Anatomy of the Placenta Part II. The Essentials of Tubal Gestation I. Processes Antedating Gestation in the Tube | II. Varying Views Concerning the Histology of Tubal Gestation | III. Embedding of the Ovum and the Development of Extra-Embryonal structures | Part III. Ovarian and Placental Secretion|
1906 - Stöhr's Histology
|Stoehr's Histology 1906: 1 Microscopic Anatomy | 1-1 Cytology | 1-2 General Histology | 1-3 Special Histology | 2 Preparation of Specimens | Figures | Histology | Embryology History|
See also 1913 second edition.
1907 - A Text-book of Embryology
|Heisler JC. A text-book of embryology for students of medicine. 3rd Edn. (1907) W.B. Saunders Co. London.
1907 - Atlas of the Development of Man (Vol 1 and 2)
|Handatlas der entwicklungsgeschichte des menschen By Kollmann, J. (1907)
1908 - Contributions to the Study of the Early Development and Imbedding of the Human Ovum
1897-1908 - Normal Plates of the Development of Vertebrates
|series editor Franz Keibel
1910-1912 - Manual of Human Embryology
|by Franz Keibel and Franklin P. Mall (1910)|
|Manual of Human Embryology I 1910: The Germ Cells | Fertilization | Segmentation | First Primitive Segment | Gastrulation | External Form | Placenta | Human Embryo and Fetus Age | Ovum Pathology | Integument | Skeleton and Connective Tissues | Muscular System | Coelom and Diaphragm | Figures | Manual of Human Embryology 1 | Manual of Human Embryology 2 | Franz Keibel | Franklin Mall | Embryology History|
|Manual of Human Embryology II 1912: Nervous System | Chromaffin Organs and Suprarenal Bodies | Sense-Organs | Digestive Tract and Respiration | Vascular System | Urinogenital Organs | Figures 2 | Manual of Human Embryology 1 | Figures 1 | Manual of Human Embryology 2 | Figures 2 | Franz Keibel | Franklin Mall | Embryology History|
1913 - A Text-book of Histology - Arranged upon an Embryological Basis
Lewis FT. and Stöhr P. A Text-book of Histology Arranged upon an Embryological Basis. (1913) P. Blakiston’s Son and Co., 539 pp., 495 figs.
Stöhr - In the new edition of the American translation of my handbook a number of additions and changes have been made by the translator with my permission. It is therefore reasonable that I should not take the same responsibility for the translation as for the text of the German original, and I would ask those of my colleagues who wish to question the correctness of my assertions in their papers, to convince themselves, by making comparisons with my last German edition, that the paragraphs in question were written by me.
|Histology with Embryological Basis (1913): Part I. 1.1. Cytology | 1.2. General Histology | 1.3. Special Histology|
Part II. 2.1. The Preparation of Microscopical Specimens | 2.2. The Examination of Microscopical Specimens
1913 - Outlines of Chordate Development
Kellicott WE. Outlines of Chordate Development (1913) Henry Holt and Co., New York.
Kellicott WE. A Textbook of General Embryology (1913) Henry Holt and Co., New York.
1914 - The Development Of The Human Body - A Manual Of Human Embryology
|By J. Playfair McMurrich
McMurrich JP. The Development Of The Human Body. (1914) P. Blakiston's Son & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1915 - The Development of the Albino Rat - Mus Norvegicus Albinus
|By G. Carl Huber
1916 - Embryology, Anatomy, and Diseases of the Umbilicus Together with Diseases of the Urachus
|Cullen TS. Embryology, anatomy, and diseases of the umbilicus together with diseases of the urachus. (1916) W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia And London.
1918 - A Laboratory Manual and Text-book of Embryology
|By Charles William Prentiss (1918)
1919 - The Development of the Chick
1919 - Problems of Fertilization
1919 - Text-book of Embryology II
Vertebrate with the exception of Mammalia
Kerr JG. Text-Book of Embryology II (1919) MacMillan and Co., London.
1920 - The Mammary Apparatus of the Mammalia in the Light of Ontogenesis and Phylogenesis
Bresslau E. The mammary apparatus of the mammalia : in the light of ontogenesis and phylogenesis. (1920) London : Methuen & Co. IA
1920 - The Early Embryology of the Chick
|By Patten, B.M. (1920)
1921 - Text-Book of Embryology
Bailey FR. and Miller AM. Text-Book of Embryology (1921) New York: William Wood and Co.
|Text-Book of Embryology 1921: Germ cells | Maturation | Fertilization | Amphioxus | Frog | Chick | Mammalian | External body form | Connective tissues and skeletal | Vascular | Muscular | Alimentary tube and organs | Respiratory | Coelom, Diaphragm and Mesenteries | Urogenital | Integumentary | Nervous System | Special Sense | Foetal Membranes | Teratogenesis|
1922 - Comparative Embryology
Beer G. Vertebrate Zoology. (1922)
1923 - A Laboratory Outline of Embryology
1924 - Developmental Anatomy - A Text-Book and Laboratory Manual of Embryology
Arey LB. Developmental Anatomy. (1924) W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia.
|Developmental Anatomy 1924: 1 The Germ Cells and Fertilization | 2 Cleavage and the Origin of the Germ Layers | 3 Implantation and Fetal Membranes | 4 Age, Body Form and Growth Changes | 5 The Digestive System | 6 The Respiratory System | 7 The Mesenteries and Coelom | 8 The Urogenital System | 9 The Vascular System | 10 The Skeletal System | 11 The Muscular System | 12 The Integumentary System | 13 The Central Nervous System | 14 The Peripheral Nervous System | 15 The Sense Organs | C16 The Study of Chick Embryos | 17 The Study of Pig Embryos | Figures|
1930 - Leonardo da Vinci - The Anatomist
Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.
|McMurrich JP. Leonardo da Vinci - the anatomist. (1930) Carnegie institution of Washington, Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore.
1931 - Outline Of Comparative Embryology
Richards A Outline of Comparative Embryology. (1931)
1935 - Introduction to Vertebrate Embryology
Shumway W. Introduction to Vertebrate Embryology. (1935) John Wiley & Sons, New York
1936 - The Eggs of Mammals
|Pincus G. The Eggs of Mammals. (1936) The Macmillan Company, New York.|
1937 Buchanan's Manual of Anatomy, including Embryology
Frazer JE. Buchanan's Manual of Anatomy, including Embryology. (1937) 6th Edition. Bailliere, Tindall And Cox, London.
1940 - Physiology of the Fetus
|Windle WF. Physiology of the Fetus. (1940) Saunders, Philadelphia.
1940 - The Pineal Organ
The pineal organ; the comparative anatomy of median and lateral eyes, with special reference to the origin of the pineal body; and a description of the human pineal organ considered from the clinical and surgical standpoints
|The Pineal Organ (1940): 1 Introduction | 2 Historical Sketch | 3 Types of Vertebrate and Invertebrate Eyes | Eyes of Invertebrates: 4 Coelenterates | 5 Flat worms | 6 Round worms | 7 Rotifers | 8 Molluscoida | 9 Echinoderms | 10 Annulata | 11 Arthropods | 12 Molluscs | 13 Eyes of Types which are intermediate between Vertebrates and Invertebrates | 14 Hemichorda | 15 Urochorda | 16 Cephalochorda | The Pineal System of Vertebrates: 17 Cyclostomes | 18 Fishes | 19 Amphibians | 20 Reptiles | 21 Birds | 22 Mammals | 23 Geological Evidence of Median Eyes in Vertebrates and Invertebrates | 24 Relation of the Median to the Lateral Eyes | The Human Pineal Organ : 25 Development and Histogenesis | 26 Structure of the Adult Organ | 27 Position and Anatomical Relations of the Adult Pineal Organ | 28 Function of the Pineal Body | 29 Pathology of Pineal Tumours | 30 Symptomatology and Diagnosis of Pineal Tumours | 31 Treatment, including the Surgical Approach to the Pineal Organ, and its Removal: Operative Technique | 32 Clinical Cases | 33 General Conclusions | Glossary | Bibliography|
1941 - Histology and Embryology
Nonidez JF. Histology and Embryology. (1941) Oxford University Press, London.
|Histology and Embryology 1941: Histology - 1 The Cell | 2 The Tissues | 3 The Organs Embryology - 1 General Development | 2 Organogenesis | Bibliography|
1942 - The Hormones in Human Reproduction
|Hormones in Human Reproduction (1942): 1 Higher Animals | 2 Human Egg and Organs | 3 Ovary as Timepiece | 4 Hormone of Preparation and Maturity | 5 Hormone for Gestation | 6 Menstrual Cycle | 7 Endocrine Arithmetic | 8 Hormones in Pregnancy | 9 Male Hormone | Appendices|
1942 - Manual of Experimental Embryology
Hamburger V. Manual of Experimental Embryology. (1942)
1944 - Oral Histology and Embryology
Orban B. Oral Histology and Embryology (1944) The C.V. Mosby Company, St. Louis.
|Orban 1944: 1 Development of the Face and Oral Cavity | 2 Development and Growth of Teeth | 3 Enamel | 4 The Dentin | 5 Pulp | 6 Cementum | 7 Periodontal Membrane | 8 Maxilla and Mandible (Alveolar Process) | 9 The Oral Mucous Membrane | 10 Glands of the Oral Cavity | 11 Eruption Of The Teeth | 12 Shedding of the Deciduous Teeth | Temporomandibular Joint | The Maxillary Sinus | 15 Technical Remarks|
1945 - Human Embryology
1947 - A Laboratory Manual of Vertebrate Embryology
Adamstone FB. and Shumway W. A Laboratory Manual of Vertebrate Embryology. (1947) John Wiley & Sons, London.
|A Laboratory Manual of Vertebrate Embryology 1947: Frog | Chicken | Pig|
1948 - Aids To Embryology
Baxter JS. Aids to Embryology. (1948) 4th Edition, Bailliere, Tindall And Cox, London.
|Aids to Embryology 1948: 1. Germ Cells | 2. Segmentation and Germ Layer Formation | 3. Changes in Female Genital Tract | 4. Implantation and Placentation | 5. Formation of the Embryo | 6. Skin and Accessory Structures | 7. Nervous System | 8. Special Sense | 9. Alimentary Canal | 10. Circulatory System | 11. Coelomic Cavities | 12. Urogenital System | 13. Muscular and Skeletal Systems | 14. Hereditary|
1949 - Vertebrate Embryology
McEwen RS. Vertebrate Embryology. (1949) IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi.
1951 - Human Embryology for Medical Students
Nair SR. Human Embryology for Medical Students. (1951)
1951 - The Frog Its Reproduction and Development
|By Roberts Rugh, Ph.D.
Rugh R. Book - The Frog Its Reproduction and Development. (1951) The Blakiston Company.
1953 - Comparative Embryology of the Vertebrates
Nelsen OE. Comparative embryology of the vertebrates (1953) Mcgraw-Hill Book Company, New York.
|Comparative Vertebrate Embryology 1953: 1. The Period of Preparation | 2. The Period of Fertilization | 3. The Development of Primitive Embryonic Form | 4. Histogenesis and Morphogenesis of the Organ Systems | 5. The Care of the Developing Embryo | Figures|
1953 - Human Embryology
1954 - Human Development
Zubek JP. and Solberg PA. Human Development. (1954) The Maple Press Company, York, Pa.
1955 - Embryology in Russia
Blyakher L. History of embryology in Russia from the middle of the eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century (istoryia embriologii v Rossii s serediny XVIII do serediny XIX veka) (1955) Academy of Sciences USSR. Institute of the History of Science and Technology. Translation Smithsonian Institution (1982).
|Historic Russian Embryology 1955: 1. Beginning of Embryological Investigations Lomonosov's Epoch | 2. Preformation or New Formation? | 3. Kaspar Friedrich Wolff - Theory of Epigenesis | 4. Wolff: "Theory Of Generation" | 5. Wolff: "Formation of the Intestine" | 6. Wolff's Teratological Works | 7. Wolff: "On the Special Essential Tower" | 8. Ideology of Wolff | Chapter 9. Theory of Epigenesis End of 18th Century | 10. Embryology in the Struggle of Russian Empirical Science Against Naturphilosophie | 11. Louis Tredern - Forgotten Embryologist Beginning of 19th Century | 12. Embryonic Membranes of Mammals - Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus | 13. Embryonic Layers - Kh. I. Pander | 14. Karl Maksimovich Baer | 15. Baer's - De Ovi Mammalium Et Hominis Genesi | 16. Baer's Ober Entw I Cklungsgesch I Chte Der Thiere | 17. Baer Part 1 - Chicken Development | 18. Baer Part 2 - History of Chicken Development | 19. Baer Vol 2 | 20. Third Part of the Bird Egg and Embryo Development | 21. Third Part - Development of Reptiles, Mammals, and Animals Deprived of Amnion and Yolk Sac | 22. Fourth Part - Development of Man | 23. Baer's Teratological Works and Embryological Reports in Petersburg | Chapter 24. Baer's Theoretical Views | 25. Invertebrate Embryology - A. Grube, A. D. Nordmann, N. A. Warnek, and A. Krohn|
1956 - Principles of Embryology
1959 - Human Embryology
Hamilton WJ. Boyd JD. and Mossman HW. Human Embryology - Prenatal Development of form and Function. (1959)
1982 - Brain and Behavioural Development
Dickerson JWT. and McGurk H. Brain And Behavioural Development. (1982) Blackie & Son Ltd., Glasgow.
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